Lesson Plan – Introduction to Diagnostic Testing

Picture the scene…

You are about to send a D-Dimer on a patient with chest pain, when your consultant says “I know it’s a sensitive test, but what will you do when it comes back positive?…”

Learning Objective

To learn about diagnostic testing and how we can tell if a test will help us in our decision making.

RCEM Curriculum


Task 1 – Listen

Task 2 – Read

Task 3 – Discuss

Task 4 – Summary

Task 5 – Reflect


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