FPM Live Webinars 2. What is the value of a diagnostic test during a pandemic? 25 May 2020.

FPM monthly webinars provide updates for clinical trainees, senior clinicians, policy makers, academics and other health professionals on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common and serious clinical disorders – both for communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Webinars are free and hosted on Zoom from 4pm UK time on the 4th Monday of each month.

Date: Monday 25th May 4pm UK time

Title: What is the value of a diagnostic test during a pandemic (and at other times)?

Associate Professor Ken Redekop, Editor-in-Chief, Health Policy and Technology: Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Professor Carl Asche, Director, Center for Outcomes Research, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, Illinois, USA

Chair: Donald Singer, President, Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, London

Speakers 25.05.20

Carl Asche, Ken Redekop and Donald Singer

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Speed in approving a technology is key limiting factor in providing health benefits for patients, health professionals and health policy makers. Rapidapproval risks safety and possibly extra costs while approving a technology very slowly could mean serious delays in resolving serious medical disorders – from international medical emergencies such as the current COVID-19 pandemic to established serious common and rarer diseases. Key issues to be discussed during the webinar include: the function of diagnostic tests; what to do following a positive test;  the fact that a negative test today may not mean a negative test tomorrow; why can’t we assess the value of a diagnostic test very well, both during a pandemic and at other times?



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