The fact that exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) may be both over- and underdiagnosed in athletes has led to calls for widespread screening for the condition. This article assesses such a strategy by employing the standard framework used when evaluating any screening policy. This approach highlights a number of concerns and allows recommendations to help optimize the success of such a strategy if it were to be implemented.
Faculty of 1Health and Social Care Sciences, St. George's, University of London and Kingston University, Surrey, UNITED KINGDOM; 2School of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM; and 3Sports Science Department, Brunel University, Middlesex, UNITED KINGDOM
Address for correspondence: James H. K. Hull, MBBS, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Grosvenor Wing, St George's, Tooting, London SW17 0RE, UK; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted for publication June 2007.
Accepted for publication August 2007.