What makes a good diagnostic test?

Steve Simon

2007-04-06

Categories: Blog post Tags: Diagnostic testing

I've been invited to give a talk at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The tentative title of the talk is "What makes a good diagnostic test?" It will be part of a plenary session and I'll be followed by two speakers debating the merits of two particular diagnostic tests. I don't have a lot of details at this time, but as I develop my talk, I'll put details here on this weblog.

Some of the points I want to highlight:

I have not elaborated on the five phases of a medical test on these web pages yet, but the details can be found in chapter 8 of the excellent book: