Table 1—

Requirements of markers in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for different groups, some of which, but not all, are shared

GroupKey requirements
Family physiciansSimplicity
Specificity
Reliability
Clarity
Hospital specialistsSensitivity
Specificity
Reliability
Clinical utility
PayersCost-effective
Clarity
Pharmaceutical industryPracticality
Sensitivity
Generalisability
Reliability
Simplicity
Regulatory authoritiesSensitivity
Specificity
Reliability
Clarity
Clinical utility
Generalisability
ScientistsReliability
Sensitivity
Specificity
Biological credibility
PatientsClarity
Simplicity