Endgames Statistical question

Screening

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1038 (Published 19 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1038
  1. John Fletcher, clinical epidemiologist
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
  1. jfletcher{at}bmj.com

    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

    Answer

    c, e—A …

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