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Interpreting Diagnostic Tests in Clinical Practice (Second Edition)

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Course Description

This program is worth up to 1.0 CME credits.

So much depends on making a correct diagnosis. Prognosis and treatment are both guided by diagnosis. Yet, our diagnosis often hinges on the results of diagnostic testing, which is far from perfect. If one does not temper the interpretation of test results with an understanding of the limitations of testing, misleading results may lead to misdiagnosis. This course provides detailed instruction on how to assess a diagnostic test and how to interpret the result as it applies to an individual patient. Topics include: sensitivity, specificity, predictive value, likelihood ratio, cut-point, ROC curves, and Bayes’ theorem. In addition to instruction, the course provides you with a downloadable spreadsheet tool for calculating Bayesian probabilities in your own patients.

Please note that users of this course will need to download and utilize the spreadsheet tool, which is in Microsoft Excel format. Mac users will need to use Excel version 2011 or later to access the tool.

Course Syllabus

Up to 1.0 CME credit


Members: FREE $29.00*
Nonmembers: $49.00

*Free access is limited to one course at a time for eligible members.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this program the learner will:

Apply Bayes' Theorem to diagnostic tests. Specifically:

  • Assess the clinical value of diagnostic tests
  • Compare the performance of one diagnostic test with that of another
  • Calculate predictive values using Bayesian analysis
  • Apply calculations in a clinical neurological setting

Core Competencies

  • Patient Care
  • Professionalism
  • Medical Knowledge

Date of Release

November 19, 2015

This module is eligible for CME credits for three years from the release date.

Confidentiality of Data

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Faculty & Disclosures

Clinical Professor of Neurology
University of Colorado
*Dr. Smith has nothing to disclose.

Editor, NeuroLearn

University of Utah Department of Neurology
Salt Lake City, Utah
*Dr. Smith has received personal compensation for activities with Allergan, Baxter Bioscience, Merz, Pfizer and NeurogesX as a consultant.

NeuroLearn Staff:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Maureen Holtzman, Senior Manager, Education
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Lori Strachota, Program Manager, Conference Management, Registration
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