A Rutgers University population health epidemiologist is available to comment on the importance of understanding the specificity, sensitivity, and the positive and negative predictive values of the accuracy and precision of Coronavirus testing, and how that knowledge may impact our response to the pandemic.

“It is important to ask how accurate are tests for COVID-19,” said Dr. XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH) at Rutgers. “In epidemiology, we need to know how many false positives and how many false negatives are there -- and how does that change how we care for at risk populations?”

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About Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research advances health and well-being through meaningful, rigorous and impactful research in the critical areas of behavioral health, health services, health disparities, health policy, health economics, pharmacoepidemiology, and aging research. 

Since its 1985 founding, the Institute has become nationally renowned for interdisciplinary and translational research. The Institute's 57,000 square foot facilities are home to six members elected to the National Academy of Medicine and 150 members representing over 30 schools, institutes, and units with adjunct members from 29 national and international universities. 

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Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and collaborating university-wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network and four centers and institutes. RBHS offers an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research and the full spectrum of allied health careers. RBHS clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state.