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Unmet clinical need

Unmet clinical need refers to any missing of inadequately performing component of a clinical pathway.

Examples
  • Need for improved tests (improved diagnostic information for timely triage) for women presenting with symptoms of threatened preterm labor to identify those at a very low risk of progressing to labor who can safely avoid admission and treatment.
  • Need for improved rapid rule out (increased sensitivity / NPV) tests of ACS for patients presenting with chest pain in the ED (e.g. single baseline test) to enable timely patient management decisions to avoid unnecessary admission.
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