STARD for Abstracts: Essential items for reporting diagnostic accuracy studies in journal or conference abstracts

Jérémie F. Cohen, Daniël A. Korevaar, Constantine A. Gatsonis, Paul P. Glasziou, Lotty Hooft, David Moher, Johannes B. Reitsma, Henrica C.W. De Vet, Patrick M. Bossuyt

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Many abstracts of diagnostic accuracy studies are currently insufficiently informative. We extended the STARD (Standards for Reporting Diagnostic Accuracy) statement by developing a list of essential items that authors should consider when reporting diagnostic accuracy studies in journal or conference abstracts. After a literature review of published guidance for reporting biomedical studies, we identified 39 items potentially relevant to report in an abstract. We then selected essential items through a two round web based survey among the 85 members of the STARD Group, followed by discussions within an executive committee. Seventy three STARD Group members responded (86%), with 100% completion rate. STARD for Abstracts is a list of 11 quintessential items, to be reported in every abstract of a diagnostic accuracy study. We provide examples of complete reporting, and developed template text for writing informative abstracts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberj3751
Pages (from-to)j3751
JournalBMJ (Online)
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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