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The Clinical Laboratory Perspective on Wellness Testing: Let’s Take a Look Under the Hood
Geoff Baird, MD, PhD
University of Washington

As medical science continues to make gains in the elucidation of disease pathophysiology and the discovery of cures , some have questioned the value of dedicating dwindling financial resources to maintaining wellness rather than to fighting disease per se. While both approaches are meritorious and complementary, neither approach is alone sufficient to ensure the health of a population. One major problem with the focus on wellness is the Bayesian dilemma that the positive predictive value of clinical laboratory testing in apparently healthy people is often low, as the specificities of few clinical tests are high enough to ensure that most positive results are true. The impact of this dilemma on laboratory-based wellness approaches will be discussed.

May 23, 2022 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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