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# In tests for pironoma, a serious disease, a false positive

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20. In tests for pironoma, a serious disease, a false positive result indicates that people have pironoma when, in fact, they do not; a false negative result indicates that people do not have pironoma when, in fact, they do. To detect pironoma most accurately, physicians should use the laboratory test that has the lowest proportion of false positive results.

Which of the following, if true, gives the most support to the recommendation above?
(A) The accepted treatment for pironoma does not have damaging side effects.
(B) The laboratory test that has the lowest proportion of false positive results causes the same minor side effects as do the other laboratory tests used to detect pironoma.
(C) In treating pironoma patients, it is essential to begin treatment as early as possible, since even a week of delay can result in loss of life.
(D) The proportion of inconclusive test results is equal for all laboratory tests used to detect pironoma.
(E) All laboratory tests to detect pironoma have the same proportion of false negative results.

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29 Sep 2003, 05:54
i guess it should be choice B, A and C it seems dont make too much sence and choice D, and E are almost saying the same thing.

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29 Sep 2003, 11:04
Brainless wrote:
B

I'll go for E

if all tests have the same # of false negative results, then the one with the lowest proportaion of false positive results will be the best.

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30 Sep 2003, 06:57
E is correct. Praet's reasoning is correct. We are looking for a test that detects pironoma most accurately
thanks.

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01 Nov 2010, 14:48
+1 E
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Re: CR: pironoma   [#permalink] 01 Nov 2010, 14:48
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