Range of self-tests available to buy in the United Kingdom: an Internet survey

A. Ryan, S. Wilson, S. Greenfield, S. Clifford, R.J. McManus, H.M. Pattison

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We aimed to describe the availability in the United Kingdom of self-tests that are used to diagnose or screen for conditions without involving a health professional. A systematic Internet search identified 104 unique self-tests related to 24 named conditions including cancers, chronic conditions and infections. These self-tests require various samples including blood obtained using a lancet. The samples are processed at home with results available in minutes or sent to a laboratory for processing with results returned to the individual by e-mail or post. Prices per self-test and condition range from <1 pound to 76 pound. Self-tests are readily available, and further work is needed to assess their impact.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


  • diagnosis
  • diagnostic tests
  • routine
  • self-care


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