Range of self-tests available to buy in the United Kingdom: An Internet survey
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 to £76. Self-tests are readily available, and further work is needed to assess their impact. © The Author 2006, Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health. All rights reserved.