Harry J. de Koning, MD; Rafael Meza, PhD; Sylvia K. Plevritis, PhD
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de Koning H., Meza R., Plevritis S.; Raising the Bar for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2014;161:532-533. doi: 10.7326/L14-5019-3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(7):532-533.
TO THE EDITOR:
We read Bach's editorial (1) with great interest. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation on lung cancer screening represents a major synthesis of trial evidence, model-based outcomes, and expert judgment to quantify the tradeoffs of computed tomography screening for the millions of persons at high risk for lung cancer (2, 3). However, Bach states that the Task Force could have been more cautious about relying on modeling for extrapolation well beyond the empirical data to fill in gaps in the evidence (1).
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