The nonstress test as a diagnostic test: A critical reappraisal

Lawrence D Devoe, Ramon A. Castillo, Donald M. Sherline

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In the past decade the nonstress test has become a major method of assessing high-risk pregnancy. Although many studies have been published, there has been a lack of rigorous adherence to the standard criteria for diagnostic testing, that is, presentation of test specificity, sensitivity, predictive value, and the prevalence of abnormal outcomes in the populations studied. Furthermore, the populations studied vary widely in composition, testing conditions, methods of test interpretation, and clinical management. The authors undertake a review of these studies, with a focus on these issues, in an attempt to indicate potential problems involved in current test usage and to suggest avenues for needed clinical investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1047-1053
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 15 1985


  • Nonstress test
  • predictive value
  • sensitivity
  • specificity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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