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Relating to a diagnostic procedure what does the term sensitivity mean?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
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Sensitivity is the chance of getting a positive test in someone who has the disease.
For example, if you have 100 people with a strep throat who get a throat swab, and 95 of those throat swabs are positive, that throat swab test has a sensitivity of 95%. Notice that a sensitivity of 95% means that 5 out of 100 who have a strep throat would be falsely negative on the throat swab.

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Sensitivity is the chance of getting a positive test in someone who has the disease.
For example, if you have 100 people with a strep throat who get a throat swab, and 95 of those throat swabs are positive, that throat swab test has a sensitivity of 95%. Notice that a sensitivity of 95% means that 5 out of 100 who have a strep throat would be falsely negative on the throat swab.
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