ScreeningBMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1038 (Published 19 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1038
- John Fletcher, clinical epidemiologist
- 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
When thinking about performing a screening test on an asymptomatic patient to detect a disease, which of the following criteria should ideally be fulfilled?
a) The test specificity should be high
b) The disease should be rare
c) An effective treatment should be available
d) Everyone should receive the screening test and the “gold standard” diagnosis
e) The natural course of the disease should be well described
c, e—A …
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