Research Article

Diagnosis of hypothyroidism: a comparison of statistical techniques.

Br Med J 1975; 2 doi: (Published 03 May 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;2:260
  1. M J Gardner,
  2. D J Barker


    From replies to a postal questionnaire used in a radioactive iodine follow-up scheme patients had to be classified as either "suspected hypothyroid" or "euthyroid." A comparisons has been made of the effectiveness of published statistical techniques in making this classification. Two main conclusions emerged. Firstly, all except one of the methods identified an acceptable proportion of the hypothyroid patients, and, secondly, the results given by these methods were remarkably similar. Thus the simplest, which required only a count of the number of symptoms present, was selected for use.