abnormal lab test

Xavier Prida dr.xavier.prida at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 22 21:54:56 UTC 2014

As to abnormal lab test AND interpretation:

Interesting single center assessment of physician's "math" skills(implied
statistics) in calculation of positive predictive value(PPV) just published
in JAMA- Int Med(*JAMA Intern Med*. Published online April 21, 2014.
doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.1059). Only 23% of physicians sampled at
varying levels of training answered correctly.

Pay heed to the succinct insightful Editor's Note by Joseph Ross- "Ensuring
Correct Interpretation of Diagnostic Test Results"(*JAMA Intern Med*.
Published online April 21, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.165)-
imploring as the primary article had similarly concluded, that greater
mastery of numeracy and statistical cognitive skills is required in
preparatory and ongoing medical training. Needless to say, the conveyance
of the information in a patient centered and sensitive manner is a separate
skill dynamic to be learned.

As a plus in this same issue, is an original investigation on "Consequences
of False Positive Screening Mammograms"(*JAMA Intern Med*. Published online
April 21, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.981), also with a companion
editorial((*JAMA Intern Med*. Published online April 21, 2014.

I believe these are commensurate with the Society's goals to improve
diagnosis and patient experience with testing and outcomes.

Xavier E. Prida MD FACC FSCAI
813 813 0721(H)
813 245 3143(C)

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