SOME STATISTICAL PROBLEMS OF DIAGNOSIS BY MEANS OF A MULTIPHASIC SCREENING EXAMINATION
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER
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The concept of multiphasic screening in medicine refers to a series of tests performed to determine whether there is sufficient likelihood of certain disbeing present to warrant further testing for these diseases. Multiphasic screening ex aminations must be suitable for routine application to a large number of patients, as well as comprehensive, accurate, and efficient. The problem is to determine the type of data to be obtained from each patient and a process by which a diagnostic decision is to be reached which will be suitable for handling by an electronic computer. This report is intended to outline a statistical formulation of the problem, to provide references to previous studies in related areas, to point out several statistical problems to be anticipated at various stages in the development of such a program, and to summarize a portion of the ideas set forth by the committee in charge.
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