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Screening programmes and the evaluation of screening tests using Stata and R

B V Girdler-Brown, R R Bastos, L N Dzikiti

Abstract


This article describes the commonly recognised criteria for establishing a mass screening programme. In addition, the article describes commonly used parameters for assessing the performance of public health screening tests. The calculation of the parameters is described. Stata commands, and R code, are also supplied to assist readers with the estimation of these parameters using Stata or R. This article does not include the evaluation of diagnostic tests.


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B V Girdler-Brown, School of Health Systems and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

R R Bastos, Department of Statistics, Instituto de Ciências Exatas, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, São Pedro, Brazil

L N Dzikiti, School of Health Systems and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Southern African Journal of Public Health (incorporating Strengthening Health Systems) 2019;3(3):49-55. DOI:10.7196/SHS.2019.v3i3.98

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Date submitted: 2019-07-11
Date published: 2019-07-11

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