TABLE 1

World Health Organization Criteria for Screening for Health Problems

1.The condition should be an important health problem
2.There should be a treatment of the condition
3.Facilities for the diagnosis and treatment should be available
4.There should be a latent stage of the disease
5.There should be a suitable test or examination for the condition
6.The test should be acceptable to the population
7.The natural history of the disease should be adequately understood
8.There should be an agreed-on policy on whom to treat
9.The total cost of finding a case should be economically balanced in relation to medical expenditures as a whole
10.Case finding should be a continuous process