Letters Cardiovascular prevention

Go for targeted screening

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2866 (Published 28 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2866
  1. A C Felix Burden, clinical director of commissioning1,
  2. Andrew Rouse, consultant in public health1
  1. 1Heart of Birmingham teaching Primary Care Trust, Bartholomew House, Birmingham B16 9PA
  1. acfelix.burden{at}btinternet.com

    The benefit of any screening programme is a function of the likelihood that (a) patients with a risk condition have already been given a diagnosis or recently been offered a screening test and (b) those screened and found to have a risk condition will be treated effectively.1

    Using these two principles we estimated the benefit of …

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