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The Principles of Screening course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Royal College of General Practitioners

Screening, the ability to diagnose and treat conditions when they are still treatable, is an attractive concept. This session reviews the pros and cons of screening, criteria for initiating a screening programme, and current UK programmes. This session was reviewed by Matthew Castleden and last updated in October 2014.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • State the principles of screening for disease
  • Describe the features of a good screening test
  • Describe the Wilson-Jungner criteria
  • Recognise the risks and benefits of screening
  • Describe the major screening programmes currently in operation in the UK
  • Describe the tensions between the science and politics of screening

Screening tests are rarely 100% accurate. Normal ranges are based on population distribution curves, which means that 5% of 'normal' individuals will have abnormal test results.

Instructors / Speakers
Chantal Simon,
General Practitioner. The Banks and Bearwood Medical Practices. Bournemouth


Chantal is a working GP at The Banks and Bearwood Medical Practices in Bournemouth and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She has formal academic training with an MSc from Southampton University in Research in Health and a PhD exploring the effects of community support on the psychological health of informal carers.

Chantal has been involved with education since 1999 when she became the lead author and founder editor of the Oxford Handbook of General Practice, which is now in its fifth edition. In 2007 she founded the Royal College of General Practitioner's educational journal, InnovAiT, which she edited until 2017.

Chantal is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster Centre for Resilience involved in research and educational activities promoting the wellbeing of healthcare professionals.

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