Diagnostic tests: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Quality testing is more than whether or not you’re feeling lucky

Unlike Hollywood films, the good, the bad, and the ugly in diagnostic testing can have real-life ramifications on patients. Photo: s_bukley/Bigstock

Veterinarians have an enormous selection of tests available to help us diagnose and manage disease in our patients. As in many other aspects of our lives these days, however, so many choices and so much available information can overload our limited human brains. It seems like more ready access to more information should make our decisions more evidence-based and effective, but that has not proved true.

The inability to distinguish data from opinion and reliable information or sources from misinformation and propaganda is causing great harm in our society generally right now. The necessar...


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