"Shotgun" versus sequential testing. Cost-effectiveness of diagnostic strategies for vaginitis.

@article{Carr2005ShotgunVS,
  title={"Shotgun" versus sequential testing. Cost-effectiveness of diagnostic strategies for vaginitis.},
  author={Phyllis L. Carr and Michael B. Rothberg and Robert H. Friedman and Donna Felsenstein and Joseph S. Pliskin},
  journal={Journal of general internal medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={20 9},
  pages={793-9}
}
BACKGROUND Although vaginitis is a common outpatient problem, only 60% of patients can be diagnosed at the initial office visit of a primary care provider using the office procedures of pH testing, whiff tests, normal saline, and potassium hydroxide preps. OBJECTIVE To determine the most cost-effective diagnostic and treatment approach for the medical management of vaginitis. DESIGN Decision and cost-effectiveness analyses. PARTICIPANTS Healthy women with symptoms of vaginitis undiagnosed… CONTINUE READING