Table 1

Assessment criteria for screening[1]
1 The condition sought should be an important health problem.
2 There should be an accepted treatment for patients with recognized disease.
3 Facilities for diagnosis and treatment should be available.
4 There should be a recognizable latent or early symptomatic stage.
5 There should be a suitable test or examination.
6 The test should be acceptable to the population.
7 The natural history of the condition, including development from latent to declared disease, should be adequately understood.
8 There should be an agreed policy on whom to treat as patients.
9 The cost of case-finding (including diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed) should be economically balanced in relation to possible expenditure on medical care as a whole.
10 Case-finding should be a continuing process and not a “once and for all” project.

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Batelaan et al. BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:206   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-12-206

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