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February 2020

Clarification of False-Positive Reporting Language in an Original Investigation

JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(2):338. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.7033

In the Original Investigation titled “Implementation of Lung Cancer Screening in the Veterans Health Administration,”1 published in the March 6, 2017, issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, there was language reporting false-positive findings that must be clarified. In the Results section, first paragraph of the Patient Outcomes subsection, the phrase “The rate of false-positive test results for lung cancer was 97.5%” should more correctly read “The proportion of all positive tests that were falsely positive was 97.5%.” This article has been corrected online. This article was also corrected on March 6, 2017, to fix a typographical error in the Patient Outcomes subsection of the Results section.