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[DTA Stream] Systematic reviews of diagnostic accuracy studies. Assessment of methodological quality.

Date and Location

Session: 

W1.24

Date: 

Friday 20 September 2013 - 15:30 - 17:00
Methods Group and core training

Methods Group

Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Mariska Leeflang

Facilitators

Mariska Leeflang
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country

First name

Penny

Last name

Whiting

Affiliation and Country

Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd, UK

First name

Anne

Last name

Rutjes

Affiliation and Country

Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland,and Clinical Center for Aging Sciences (Ce.S.I.), University ‘G. d'Annunzio’ Foundation, Chieti, Italy

First name

Hans

Last name

Reitsma

Affiliation and Country

Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Target audience

Target audience

Review Authors

Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?

Open

Level of knowledge required

Basic
Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Training
Abstract text

Abstract

Objectives: The workshop will provide an introduction to the methodology of quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies. The aim is to provide an overview of the key steps involved in the assessment of methodological quality in a diagnostic systematic review. Description: The Cochrane DTA Working Group has developed a handbook and software to guide the process of conducting diagnostic reviews, as well as a series of workshops. This workshop concerns quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies, and will include an introduction to the five dimensions of quality assessment: a) concepts of quality b) empirical evidence of bias c) how to assess quality d) how to incorporate quality into systematic reviews e) limitations of measuring and incorporating quality. Statistical methods to deal with design related sources of bias and variation are discussed in a separate workshop. The workshop will include interactive exercises involving the assessment and discussion of some design characteristics by reviewing published articles.