Table 5

Qualities that inform choice of diagnostic test by practitioners

Diagnostic characteristicNo of participants who made the choice%
Expensive but more accurate2195
Cheap but less accurate15
Longer time-to-result (2 weeks) but easy to perform418
Shorter time-to-result (4 hours) but hard to perform1882
  • Accuracy and shorter time-to-result were considered more import than cost and ease of performing a test.