Diagnosis: shifting the ROC curve

Barraclough, Kevin
September 2012
British Journal of General Practice;Sep2012, Vol. 62 Issue 602, p452
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the state of diagnosis in Great Britain. He says increasing the area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve is one way to improve the precision of diagnosis without medicalizing the world. He adds another way is to improve evidence base of diagnosis and the various diagnostic methods used in primary care setting. He believes that time has come to restructure the 12-year-old 2-week wait (2WW) guidance to something less proscriptive and more educational.


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