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The result of a diagnostic test is negative. The physician orders a retest, which also is negative. The characteristics of the test used in the physician's practice population are shown below. What is the probability that both tests are correct?

Test characteristics
Sensitivity    = 85%
Specificity    = 60%
Positive predictive value  = 68%
Negative predictive value  = 80%

A. 4%
B. 46%
C. 48%
D. 64%
E. 72%
F. 80%
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Wouldn't it just be the Negative Predictive Value which is 80% .. That means that the probability of a Negative test actually being a true negative is 80% OR the probability of the patient not having the disease if she gets a negative test result would be 80%.

I would go with F) 80% ...
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interesting question. I would also go with E), but a part of me thinks that performing the test twice would change something..


what is the answer?
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isnt this sort of a probability question?

"BOTH are correct", so X AND Y are correct, so you MULTIPLY the probabilities

X is specificity, and Y is NPV
so 60% * 80% = 48% (ANSWER C)

I have no clue what i just did, but that number came up in my head and its on the answer list, so i thought i'd throw it in here...

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I think its D 64%

they are asking about the negative predictive value of the test. since it was done 2 times .... so the probability of them both being correct would be 0.8*0.8 = 0.64 or 64%

i may be wrong here
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I think its D 64%

they are asking about the negative predictive value of the test. since it was done 2 times .... so the probability of them both being correct would be 0.8*0.8 = 0.64 or 64%

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that makes sense
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the answer is 64%

NPV x NPV
0.8 x 0.8
0.64
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