EPI-Centre performs critical appraisal of new diagnostic technologies bringing together experienced health researchers, industry, end users and clinical experts to facilitate the design, implementation and optimal use of technology in primary care.


critical appraisal of new diagnostic technologies

Diagnostic testing forms the backbone of a large proportion of primary healthcare, informing decisions about treatment, specialty referral and hospital admission. Over the past few decades, diagnostic technologies have become cheaper, smaller, and in some cases more accurate. A wide range and growing number of point-of-care tests which provide rapid ‘on site’ results are now available. These may have potential to improve outcomes in primary care by optimising prescribing decisions, reducing referrals, improving efficiency of care and decreasing costs.

Establishing a clinical need is a vital step in technology development, making successful adoption more likely. Evaluation of these tests in primary care should be prioritised to allow appropriate use of healthcare resources.


5 dimensions

Clinical pathway

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analytical performance
clinical performance
clinical effectiveness
cost effectiveness
broader impact

Interested? Contact us.

Prof Dr Jan Verbakel, Prof Dr Ann Van den Bruel

KU Leuven
Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Academisch Centrum voor Huisartsgeneeskunde

jan.verbakel@kuleuven.be, ann.vandenbruel@kuleuven.be

Kapucijnenvoer 33, 3000 Leuven
BE - Belgium