Considerations for Diagnostic Methods


Considerationsfor Diagnostic Methods

Considerationsfor Diagnostic Methods

Differentillnesses will call for different types of diagnostic methods. Suchdecisions will depend on various factors as described below.

Thecomplexity of the illness

The disease that a patient is suffering from may be at differentlevels. The more complicated the level of the illness, the morecomplex the diagnostic method will be required. Less complex diseasewill only require a less complex method of diagnosis.


Though this is not the primary consideration in attending to apatient, the method of diagnosis to be considered ought to beeconomical. The patients will prefer the type of diagnosis that theywill be able to afford comfortably.


Thediagnostic method applied to a patient is expected to produce resultsthat are free from the opinion of those conducting the test. Patientswill then consider if the test will be objective and free from bias.


Patientswould prefer the diagnosis that would be valid for their type ofillness. The validity of the test could be determined by the generalinformation that is available to the patients. An outdated method oftesting may not be preferred for a particular type of acute illness.


Thisis a major factor of consideration in determining the type ofdiagnosis to settle for. Reliability, in this case, is represented bytwo aspects. Patients will consider if they can be able to attain themost accurate results from the test. Also, the patients would prefera test that has the capability of being repeated and give similarresults. On the various types of diagnosis, the patients will preferthe type that will give a clear cause of illness, on which to basethe treatment process.


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