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
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?