Letters Evaluating diagnostic tests

Selecting diagnostic tests for evaluation

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39525.550764.3A (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:683
  1. Nicholas Summerton, clinical and public health adviser, NICE
  1. 1National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, London WC1V 6NA
  1. n.summerton{at}hull.ac.uk

    Walley outlines some of the problems encountered in evaluating laboratory diagnostic tests.1 One of the great difficulties faced by organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is to find a means to prioritise diagnostic technologies for rapid evaluation. I have recently developed the following prioritisation criteria for use by organisations.

    The disease

    1. Can the disease be clearly defined?

    2. Is the condition an important problem …

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