Medical tests

Course for GPs, pharmacists, nurses

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Healthcare professionals are routinely presented with scenarios where clinical diagnosis and therapeutic decisions are made based on medical test results. This online course is designed to equip practitioners with tools to assist in interpretation of test results. It comprises four modules:

  1. Understanding reference ranges and identifying significant change
  2. Evaluating diagnostic tests
  3. Screening
  4. Monitoring

Understanding reference ranges and identifying significant change

Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • define what is meant by a test reference range
  • use the reference range to interpret abnormal test results
  • list possible contributors to abnormal results
  • define what is meant by 'least significant change'
  • apply the coefficient of variation to derive the least significant change
  • assess the statistical significance of changes in test results following repeat testing.

Evaluating diagnostic tests

Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • calculate the sensitivity, specificity, predictive values and likelihood ratios of a diagnostic test
  • interpret the Receiver Operator Characteristic (ROC) curve
  • use these measures to assist in the evaluation of diagnostic tests.

Screening

Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to:

  • explain what screening is
  • list what principles guide a successful screening program
  • identify how design factors affect the outcome of a screening program
  • identify the differences between prostate cancer screening and colorectal cancer screening and understand the factors that determine if a test is effective for a suitable patient population.

Monitoring

Upon completion of this module the learner will be able to explain the characteristics of monitoring including:

  • the difference between a monitoring strategy and a test.
  • choosing a test
  • accounting for a change in condition over time
  • explore how these principles can be applied.
  • evaluate monitoring the clinical effectiveness of warfarin treatment.

CPD and incentives

GPs

This activity has been approved by the The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for 4 (category 2) points for the 2014-2016 triennium in the RACGP QI&CPD Program (activity ID number 2380)

This activity has been accredited by the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for 2 core points for the 2014-2016 triennium in the ACRRM PD Program (code O1413NPMW).

This activity is recognised for the Quality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program cycle (1 May to 30 April).

Pharmacists

APC accredited CPD logo
Accreditation number: CX150046. This activity has been accredited for 2 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 4 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan.

Nurses

This activity is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 2 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard

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