PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Diagnostic Evidence and Medical Value

Diagnostic evidence is an unexplored subject in philosophy of science, despite the fact that diagnosis is central to medical practice. I argue that we must consider three components when evaluating the worth of a diagnostic test: accuracy, effectiveness and value. Accuracy is what is traditionally measured in an evaluation study, while effectiveness factors in the effect of resulting interventions. Lastly, clinical value transcends accuracy and effectiveness in ways that will be explored.

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Ashley Kennedy    

 

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