The Truth About Statistics in NIPT
Like all screening tests, NIPT results that fall into the high-chance category still need to be confirmed by other diagnostic methods, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, but its higher accuracy means that fewer women need these invasive procedures.
With the growing adoption of this method, there has been reported confusion around its accuracy and ‘diagnostic’ capabilities, which can leave patients more uncertain and anxious. The aim of this paper is to explain the essential statistics related to NIPT, and how they should be communicated to patients, so they can walk away with adequate and clear information.
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