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Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Diagnostic tests can be described on the basis of several distinct characteristics, including sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy. This module reviews the basic laboratory medicine principles of diagnostic testing.

After completing this module, learners should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of diagnostic testing in the diagnostic process
  • Discuss general characteristics of diagnostic tests and their impact on test selection
  • Describe sequential testing