Posted by laima on July 20, 2006, at 14:37:35
In reply to Re: charging for tests » pseudoname, posted by curtm on July 20, 2006, at 13:49:02
Yes, yes! Consistency is a good thing, especially when many of us struggle with vague symptoms that could be classified under various diagnoseses. I keep thinking of the person who was misdiagnosed with add when bipolar was the real problem...
> >> But can a machine do a better job than an experienced doctor who asks detailed questions?
> > Well, I'm not selling these, but I think the argument is that there's no way a doctor can test someone's responses in these areas with as much accuracy or detail as the computer can. Machines are used in testing and diagnosis throughout all branches of medicine. And especially in areas like ADHD, the vague diagnostic criteria, personal bias, subjectivity, and unreliability (i.e., differences among testers) are prominent criticisms. So a reliable test from a machine may be a good ADDITION to the other information a good doctor would consider, including personal interviews. It would be really sad if the computer test were the only thing the doc looked at.
> But remember, the software was created by humans, which would unfortunately add the issues of "vague diagnostic criteria, personal bias, subjectivity, and unreliability" to it.
> At least it would have more consistency.