NHS population screening: glossary of terms

Definitions of the words and phrases commonly used in population screening.



This provides a single glossary of common terms and is linked to from our other publications, including the key performance indicator definitions and screening standards.

Published 6 March 2018
Last updated 15 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated definition of 'Corrected age'.

  2. Addition of definitions of acceptable threshold and achievable threshold.

  3. Updated to include terms included in all screening publications, in addition to screening standards and KPI documents.

  4. Addition of definitions for 'contraindicated' and 'corrected age'.

  5. Addition of Index colonoscopy definition

  6. First published.