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Diagnostic tests in primary care – time to move beyond diagnostic accuracy?

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Organised by Dr Fiona Walter and the Cancer Group, Cambridge Primary Care Unit

Matthew Thompson is Helen D. Cohen endowed Professor and Interim Chair at the University of Washington (UW) Department of Family Medicine. He was formerly Clinical Reader in the Department of Primary Care at the University of Oxford, where he jointly led the Oxford Center for Monitoring and Diagnosis and the Oxford DEC , and has worked clinically as a GP/Family Doctor in both the UK and USA . He has published widely in several areas in primary care, most prominently related to improving diagnosis and monitoring of acute and chronic diseases in children and adults. He has a particular interest in diagnostic research – including comparative accuracy studies, systematic reviews, new methods for evaluating diagnostic tests. Current research in this area includes evaluating point of care tests, exploring patient centered outcomes related to diagnostic tests, and expanding how tests are evaluated. He also leads a Primary Care Innovation Lab at the UW which is bringing technology developers from the academic and commercial fields together with primary care researchers and clinicians to develop, test and implement new technologies in primary care settings.

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