Department of Oral Medicine, Government Dental College and Hospital, India
*Corresponding Author: Isha Mishra, Department of Oral Medicine, Government Dental College and Hospital, India.
Received: July 30, 2018; Published: August 22, 2018
Citation: Isha Mishra. “Disease and Diagnosis". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.9 (2018).
Health care systems in a developing nation need to be costeffective. For a resource-conscious set up, accurate diagnosis holds the key to judicious treatment protocols thereby leading to better patient prognosis and cost benefits. While mere clinical assessment is often supplemented by diagnostic aids, the value of the former cannot be undermined.
As science is evolving, more and more tests to confirm a clinical diagnosis are coming up. In the era of evidence based practice, these tests are themselves scrupulously evaluated to determine their effectiveness. The reliability thus established enables a clinician to choose one diagnostic procedure over the other in providing the best targeted health care. In earlier ages, experience was a clinician’s greatest tool. Now we have a plethora of means for objective assessment of a diseased state. Though highly efficient, my concern is whether these “aids” are used as they were intended to be? A sound clinician uses his judgement, his observations and knowledge in arriving at a provisional diagnosis, and then based on his knowledge chooses a single or an array of tests in confirming his theory.
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