Clinical Prediction and Decision Rules

A clinical prediction rule is an evidence-based tool that measures and then combines the predictive contributions of multiple clinical findings, variables or tests results to estimate or predict the probability of a diagnosis, prognosis, or response to treatment for an individual patient.  A clinical prediction rule rises to the level of a clinical decision rule when clinicians use its predictions to inform or guide a specific clinical decision.

To learn more about clinical prediction and decision rules, see JAMA 1997;277;488-494 and Ann Intern Med 2006;144;201-209. Download pdf