Baseline Testing

Last updated: May 22, 2018

What Does Baseline Testing Mean?

In medicine, baseline testing refers to any test that measures a patient's current or pre-treatment condition. In a clinical study, a baseline test would be conducted at the beginning of the study. Baseline testing results are used as a reference point for comparison to subsequent test results. Baseline testing results are useful in tracking employee wellness individually as well as measuring results in a group of an employee wellness promotion program.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Baseline Testing

Baseline testing is used to create a standard or benchmark against which future results are measured. This type of testing is used in many different fields ranging from software development to education. An individual might take baseline fitness measurements before starting a fitness program in order to track their progress. In the medical field, baseline testing is used to establish a starting point before treatment or to determine a patient's current status. Some baseline testing is conducted as part of standard patient screening procedures, other testing may be conducted if a patient presents certain risk factors. Audiological, vision, chest X-ray and spirometry are all examples of baseline tests that might be conducted during an annual workplace physical exam. Certain baseline testing is needed to comply with regulations protecting worker health in specific job functions and worksite sitautions.


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