With all the media attention on the Ebola outbreak in Africa, Stephen Strauss, for the CMAJ, provides commentary on development of vaccines and treatment for the Ebola virus. Read a summary of the article and link to his commentary here.
For many women, at the end of their yearly check-up, the phrase “we’ll see you back here in one year,” can induce a lot of anxiety. Another pelvic exam awaits in 365 days. Though, the newest guidelines published by the American College of Physicians suggests that routine use of the pelvic examination, may be obsolete. Read Aaron’s overview of the new pelvic exam guidelines.
In 2004, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force determined their was insufficient evidence to recommended for or against screening for suicide at the primary care level. Where are we 10 years later? Read Aaron’s review of the recent recommendations on suicide screening in the primary care arena.
What happens when you have a test result? Do you believe it, can you act on it? It all depends where you are. Check out this discussion of post-test probabilities and how they help in the interpretation of test results.
On the uniform of every fine detective, badges which salute their sensitivity and specificity are worn. From crime to clinic, find out what defines these “pre-test” probabilities.
Pre-test probabilities can help clinicians select and interpret diagnostic tests. To see a recent, real life application check out Aaron’s review of “Diagnostic Accuracy of Point-of-Care Tests for Detecting Albuminuria” from the Annals of Internal Medicine.
I have a test, and I know its measure of sensitivity. What does this tell me? When should I use this test? How do I expect this test to perform? Read more about the clinical application of sensitivity.