The False Positive Paradox

The False Positive Paradox

The false positive paradox occurs when a test has a higher chance of producing false positives than a condition has a chance of occurring. Unfortunately, it means that some tests that seem highly reliable don't have very reliable results.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The specificity of a medical test tells you what percentage of the time the test correctly determines that you're healthy. (1:08)

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    The sensitivity of a medical test tells you what percentage of the time the test correctly determines that you have a disease. (1:32)

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    The false positive paradox occurs when a test that seems reliable actually yields more false positives than actual positives, due to the rarity of a condition or disease. (4:49)

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