Computer predictions of abnormal test results. Effects on outpatient testing.

@article{Tierney1988ComputerPO,
  title={Computer predictions of abnormal test results. Effects on outpatient testing.},
  author={William M. Tierney and Clement J. McDonald and Siu L. Hui and Douglas K. Martin},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1988},
  volume={259 8},
  pages={1194-8}
}
We developed statistical equations to predict abnormalities on eight commonly ordered diagnostic tests and we gave the predictions to 112 physicians practicing in an academic internal medicine practice. Half of each physician's patients were randomized to intervention status. All diagnostic tests were ordered by microcomputer, and when a physician ordered one of the eight study tests for an intervention patient, the computer displayed the probability (0% to 100%) that the test would be positive… CONTINUE READING

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