Timing of testing and treatment for asymptomatic diseases.

  title={Timing of testing and treatment for asymptomatic diseases.},
  author={Eser Kirkizlar and Daniel M. Faissol and Paul M. Griffin and Julie L. Swann},
  journal={Mathematical biosciences},
  volume={226 1},
Many papers in the medical literature analyze the cost-effectiveness of screening for diseases by comparing a limited number of a priori testing policies under estimated problem parameters. However, this may be insufficient to determine the best timing of the tests or incorporate changes over time. In this paper, we develop and solve a Markov Decision Process (MDP) model for a simple class of asymptomatic diseases in order to provide the building blocks for analysis of a more general class of… CONTINUE READING

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