NO medical diagnostic test is perfect and 100% accurate all the times!

NO medical diagnostic test is perfect and 100% accurate all the times!

Posted on July 25, 2012

NO medical diagnostic test is perfect and 100% accurate all the times!

“There is no test in medicine which is 100% accurate.”

http://www.thedoctorsdoctor.com/labtests/THE_PAP.HTM

“There is no such thing as a 100accurate medical test.”

jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/85/21/1718.full.pdf

There is no perfect test.

http://www.teachepi.org/documents/courses/fundamentals/Pai_Lecture13_Diagnostic%20studies.pdf

I disagree with the advertisement below claiming “100% accuracy” on the diagnostic machine.  The red “X” mark is inserted by me to show my disagreement. 

The main reason why NO medical diagnostic test is perfect and 100% accurate all the times is because:

Medicine is not an exact science! Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability!

See my blog: http://rojosonmedicalclinic.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/medicine-is-not-an-exact-science-medicine-is-a-science-of-uncertainty-and-an-art-of-probability/

To facilitate patient management, health providers and health service seekers must have a common understanding on these two givens (note: there are other givens or limitations in medicine which I will share in the future):

Medicine is not an exact science! Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability!

NO medical diagnostic test is perfect and 100% accurate all the times!

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