n South African Medical Journal - Screening for chronic diseases in South Africa : editorial
|Article Title||Screening for chronic diseases in South Africa : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 South African National Department of Health|
|Publication Date||May 2013|
Screening for disease is one of the cornerstones of medicine and public health, used to help make a diagnosis in individuals presenting with suggestive clinical signs and symptoms, and to find early signs of disease in high-risk groups such as tuberculosis in miners and pre-eclampsia in pregnant women. In addition, community-based screening for chronic diseases is becoming a regular part of healthcare systems in middle- and high-income countries. This has been defined as 'the systematic application of a test or enquiry to identify individuals at sufficient risk of a specific disorder to benefit from further investigation or direct preventive action, among people who have not sought medical attention because of symptoms of that disorder'.
Article metrics loading...