Assessing the Effectiveness of Community Screening Programs
JAMA. 1984 Mar 23/30; 251(12): 1580-1585.
Using a hypothetical plan for pre-school developmental screening as a model, the authors present guidelines for predicting the effectiveness of community screening programs to detect disorders or risk factors in seemingly healthy persons. In cases where effectiveness has not been demonstrated by a randomized trial, the proposed program should (1) detect a condition that substantially impairs function, (2) have available a good screening test and efficacious treatment, (3) reach those who could benefit from it, and (4) be prepared to provide follow-up interventions and monitoring of compliance. (KIE abstract)
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