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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 < Pounds 1 to Pounds 76. Self-tests are readily available, and further work is needed to assess their impact.

Original publication




Journal article


J Public Health (Oxf)

Publication Date





370 - 374


Diagnostic Equipment, Health Care Surveys, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Internet, Reagent Kits, Diagnostic, Self Care, United Kingdom