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Evidence based diagnosis: Terminology is unsatisfactory

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:549
  1. G H Hall, retired physician (
  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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