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Cost effectiveness of screening for and eradication of Helicobacter pylori in young patients with dyspepsia

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.622 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:622

Analysis is easier with spreadsheets than decision trees

  1. G H Hall,
  2. T K Daneshmend,
  3. A P Round,
  4. R Ayres
  1. Consultant physician 5A Victoria Park Road, Exeter EX2 4NT
  2. Consultant physician Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford), Exeter EX2 5DW
  3. Senior registrar in public health Department of Public Health, Dean Clarke House, Southernhay East, Exeter
  4. Consultant physician Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford), Exeter EX2 5DW

    EDITOR,—A H Briggs et al provide an interesting perspective on the problem of what best to do for people with dyspepsia.1 Clarification would be welcome of their analysis of the strategy for dyspepsia in figure 2. This figure uses an estimated population prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection (40%), rather than the result expected after serological testing. If the prevalence from testing is used the false positive and false …

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