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Articles on Diagnostic Tests: A New Series and an Invitation to Authors

Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD; Cynthia Mulrow, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor; and Harold C. Sox, MD, Editor
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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Garber: Stanford University School of Medicine; Stanford, CA 94305

Drs. Mulrow and Sox: American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(4):288-289. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-137-4-200208200-00014
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Advances in diagnostic testing have been among the most significant medical innovations of recent years (1), but they have not simplified the choice of diagnostic strategies. With the proliferation of better diagnostic tests, whether they are imaging studies, genetic tests, biochemical markers, or immunologic assays, decisions have grown more complex. The diversity of treatment options further complicates deciding among the choices of obtaining more diagnostic information, treating, or simply watchful waiting. We must think not only about the best test for a given patient but also about the best sequence of tests and the preferred management strategy that should follow testing. The need for a well-reasoned and evidence-based approach to the choice of efficient diagnostic strategies has never been greater.

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