Table 5 Theoretical framework of criteria which can be used to decide whether monitoring for specific AEs is useful
No. needed to screen? (1/prevalence per year)Severity? (Low/moderate/high)Cost of screening? (Low/moderate/high)Feasibility of scoring? (Low/moderate/high)
Body weight1.5 6LowLowHigh
Blood pressure?ModerateLowHigh
Peripheral oedema?LowLowHigh
Heart failure?HighModerateModerate*
Blood/urine glucose12.5 6ModerateModerateHigh
Glaucoma18.1 84ModerateModerateModerate*
  • *Scoring in daily practice depends on presence of accurate laboratory tests and/or eye-pressure measurement equipment.