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Re: st: False negatives in clinical work
How are the cases considered positive for the disease? Is test A or test B
considered the "gold standard?"
At first glance, it seems to me that it would be difficult to speak of "false
negatives" when the diagnostic test under study (A or B?) is not dichotomous.
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On Tue, 18 Feb 2003 11:40:42 EST, TDietzVT@aol.com wrote:
>I'm trying to help a pathologist friend with a study and am not sure
>proceed. She has 15 cases that are positive for a disease. There
>standard methods for diagnosing the disease from tissue samples, say
>A and B.
>A and B each produce a rating of High, Medium or Low on the
>for diagnosis. Each case has been rated by each method. She would
>know if there is a statistically significant difference in the
>false negatives between the two methods. It would also be useful to
>collapsing, for example, High and Medium into one category yields a
>false negative rate.
>Any suggestions on how to proceed most welcome.
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