Principles of screening

Med Clin North Am. 1999 Nov;83(6):1323-37, v. doi: 10.1016/s0025-7125(05)70169-3.


Preventive medicine is an increasingly important area of clinical practice. Conceptually, preventive medicine involves three tasks of the clinician: screening, counseling, and immunization/prophylaxis. This opening article reviews some of the basic tenets underlying screening including basic epidemiologic principles, characteristics of a good screening situation, barriers to screening, and some of the potential hazards of screening.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / adverse effects
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Mass Screening / standards*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Preventive Medicine / methods
  • Preventive Medicine / standards*
  • United States