Systematic Nomenclature for Measures of Status-Quantity Relationship
The many measures of the usefulness of clinical test results derive from many disciplines. Therefore, the terminology, conventions and symbolism, are inconsistent and ambiguous. Synonyms abound, and when the same measure has a score of disguises (Table 1), it is no wonder that most clinicians despair. The possibilities of creating a systematic terminology, based on international recommendations1–8, will be investigated in the following.
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