An important piece in the Washington Post on October 5, 2018, subtitled “Doctors are surprisingly bad at reading lab results. It’s putting us all at risk,” by Daniel Morgan, associate professor of epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of hospital epidemiology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
Points out the important fact, often not understood by either patients or doctors, that when a diagnostic test has a significant false positive rate, the likelihood that you have a disease when a test returns a positive result is often wildly overstated. Which in turn leads to unnecessary treatments which often come with their own risks and bad side effects.
Modern medicine typically does miraculous wonders … but it’s up to all of us, patients, doctors and loved ones, to use it properly, to make the best decisions for ourselves. We want to get better, not worse !!!!