October 20, 2009
News Brief: Using Relative Utility Curves For Risk Prediction
A relative utility curve is a simple method to evaluate risk prediction in a medical decision-making framework, according to a commentary published online October 20 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Risk prediction models that are based on medical history or the results of tests are becoming common in the cancer literature and are used to provide additional information to those who are involved in making treatment decisions on the basis of estimated risk.
"An important use of relative utility curves is to evaluate the addition of a risk factor to the risk prediction model," according to the author.
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