How are decisions about screening programmes made?
The National Health Committee has developed a list of criteria against which decisions about new screening programmes can be assessed.
These criteria are:
- the condition is suitable for screening
- there is a suitable test
- there is an effective and accessible treatment or intervention for the condition
- there is high-quality evidence that a screening programme is effective in reducing death and illness
- the potential benefit of the test should outweigh potential harm
- the health sector should be capable of supporting diagnosis, follow-up and programme evaluation
- there is consideration of social and ethical issues; there is consideration of cost-benefit issues.
For further information, see the document Screening to Improve Health in New Zealand: Criteria to assess screening programmes, National Health Committe (2003).
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