Exploring screening

An ethical discussion on the screening programme; a diagnostic test used to identify diseases which if detected early enough would prevent further complications later on in life.


What makes a good screening test? How do you decide whether a disease should be screened for? What is the impact on the patient if you get the right or wrong result? How does screening impact on the NHS?

Target audience

GCSE students

Type of activity


Pathology link

This activity focuses on histopathology, clinical biochemistry, haematology, microbiology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics.

The exploring screening overview below contains curriculum links and questions to prompt a discussion on different diseases.