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[DTA Stream]Developing search strategies for systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) (restricted)

Date and Location




Friday 20 September 2013 - 13:30 - 15:00
Methods Group and core training

Methods Group

Information Retrieval Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Anna Noel-Storr
Ruth Mitchell


Anna Noel-Storr
Ruth Mitchell
Julie Glanville
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country

First name


Last name


Affiliation and Country

UK Cochrane Centre, UK
Target audience

Target audience

Trials Search Coordinators (TSCs) and other information specialists. It is assumed that participants will already have a basic knowledge of DTA studies, and at least an intermediate understanding of the principles and practice of searching for DTA studies, gained through attendance at previous workshops or experience of undertaking Cochrane DTA reviews

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Level of knowledge required

Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Abstract text


Objectives: To enhance the competencies of Trials Search Co-ordinators in developing search strategies for systematic reviews of DTA studies using a practical exercise-based approach. Description: The workshop will be based around a small-group exercise to develop a search strategy for a complex DTA systematic review Participants will work in pairs, and there will be opportunity for discussion and feedback to the wider group during the exercise. Participants will have an opportunity to gain skills in areas such as: * Using the review protocol to find initial information about the main search concepts * Alternative ways of structuring search strategies for DTA reviews * Techniques for preliminary gathering of MeSH terms and text words * Overcoming problematic terminology e.g. for tests and target conditions where there are no MeSH terms, where there is a wide range of alternative terms, MeSH terms vs Subheadings etc. * Advanced techniques for optimising sensitivity and precision * Careful use of DTA filters as part of a multi-stranded approach