Research Article| Volume 1, ISSUE 1, P21-37, March 1981

Assessing the Clinical Utility of Laboratory Methods

  • M. Desmond Burke
    Mount Sinai Hospital, 2215 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404.
    Associate Pathologist, Mount Sinai Hospital, Minneapolis

    Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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      A clinically useful test is one that, indirectly, leads to better management results. Decision analysis and benefit-risk models are discussed as means by which performance standards can be set to determine when to treat or not to treat a patient. The difficulties involved in such an assessment are probed.
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