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Wilson and Jungner screening criteria – ignored

Wilson & Jungner published Principles and Practice of Screening for Disease in 1968. Their criteria for screening are summarised below: Box 1. Wilson and Jungner classic screening criteria 1. The condition sought should be an important health problem. 2. There should … Continue reading

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As in accreditation, so in medicine: overly sensitive testing leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment

Wiener et al. describe the harms that arise from overly sensitive diagnostic testing.  We have seen previously how inspection for compliance with ISO 17025 and 15189 are is an inappropriate screening methodology using a sampling method that is often over-sensitive. … Continue reading

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Harm is inevitable

When the inspectors come, one of their stock phrases is that the inspection is “just a sampling exercise” and cannot assure that absolutely everything is correct.  I never thought otherwise, though probably some do.  The disclaimer is important to their … Continue reading

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