The Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH) was established in 2010 to address the need for better hormone tests for use in healthcare and research to enable better patient care. PATH currently comprises 14 clinical, medical and public health organizations dedicated to the improvement and appropriate use of steroid hormone testing. PATH provides technical and scientific support to the CDC Steroid Hormone Standardization Program (HoSt), conducts educational activities on hormone measurement, and advocates for the universal use of standardized hormone tests, where available.
Central to the poor performance of hormone tests is the lack of standardization, of generally accepted performance standards, and of systems to assess and monitor measurement performance. Exacerbating the technical problems is a general lack of awareness among physicians of the poor quality and incommutability of the tests they order. Inadequate test performance prevents the implementation of patient treatment guidelines and of research findings into the clinical setting, preventing optimal and cost-effective patient care.
Initially focused on testosterone standardization, PATH and its participating partner organizations have made tremendous advances in the improvement of testosterone tests. Many of the testosterone tests in use today have been certified by the CDC’s HoSt program, and patients are reaping the benefits of accurate, reliable, and comparable results. Broad engagement by stakeholders and a comprehensive approach to technical and policy-related barriers are important keys to PATH’s success. As it continues its work on testosterone, PATH is expanding its focus to include standardization of other hormone tests, thereby working toward improved health for all.
This web site provides information for physicians, scientists, clinical chemists, and other professionals involved in the study, use, and application of hormonal measurements. The content is intended to broaden their knowledge regarding the correct measurement and interpretation of hormones in biological fluids. Information is also provided for patients to help them understand the purpose and relevance of hormone tests their healthcare providers order and to provide insight into the meaning of the results of those tests.