- Learn the basic recommendations from the USPTF regarding common screening tests/practices in the outpatient setting
- Gain an understanding of the principles of screening and critically evaluate the usefulness of a particular screening test
- Review the literature on a particular common outpatient health topic.
Who? When? Where?
- Interns are responsible for presenting topics during the Ambulatory week didactic sessions
- These topics will typically be presented during Thursday AM didactic
- Each presentation will be created on PowerPoint, and should last 15-20 minutes.
- Faculty will evaluate the presentation and document feedback in NI
- Apply each of WHO screening principles to your topic
- The condition should be an important health problem
- There should be a treatment for the condition
- There should be a latent stage of the disease
- There should be a test or examination for the condition
- The test should be acceptable to the population
- The natural history of the disease should be adequately understood
- There should be an agreed policy on who to treat
- The total cost of finding a case should be economically balanced in relation to medical expenditure as a whole
- Give a Background – why is this important?
- Describe intervention(s), evidence, guidelines
- Note controversies/gray areas
- Present data on how we are doing – city, state, US – and systems approaches to improvement
- In your conclusion give us your opinion- would you practice this screening test on your patients and why?
- Annals of Internal Medicine: In the clinic series
- USPTF website
- JAMA’s User guide: How to Use Guidelines and Recommendations About screening. JAMA 1999 281 (21) 2029-2034
- WHO principals and practice of screening for diseases. (WHO website)