Evidence based diagnosis: Terminology is unsatisfactory

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7567.549-b (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:549
  1. G H Hall, retired physician (h.2@which.net)
  1. Exeter EX1 2HW

    EDITOR—Undoubtedly the failure of diagnostic theory to catch on is partly due to unsatisfactory terminology.1 “Sensitivity,” and to a lesser extent “specificity,” are words of multiple meanings that can be confusing in the context …

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