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General principles of screening

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Screening may be described as the process of looking at a population perceived to be at risk from a condition in an attempt to identify those at higher risk, in whom some intervention may be made.

A summary of the timeline for the current NHS screening programmes is presented below:


GPnotebook Editor Jim McMorran has a Public Health England Blog that highlights important developments related to the NHS Screening Programme - click here

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