De praktijk van systematische reviews. X. Zoeken, selecteren en methodologisch beoordelen van diagnostisch evaluatieonderzoek

Translated title of the contribution: Systematic reviews in practice. X. Searching, selecting and the methodological assessment of diagnostic evaluation research

W.L.J.M. Deville, P.M.M. Bossuyt, H.C.W. de Vet, P.D. Bezemer, W.J.J. Assendelft, L. M. Bouter

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Abstract

Literature concerning the value of diagnostic tests is poorly indexed in electronic bibliographical databases. An extensive, sensitive and specific search strategy for evaluation of a diagnostic test in Medline is a combination of key words or text words concerning the diagnostic test with: 'sensitivity and specificity' (exploded), 'mass screening' (exploded), 'reference values', 'false positive reactions', 'false negative reactions', 'specificit$.tw', 'screening.tw', 'false positive$.tw', 'false negative$.tw', 'accuracy.tw', 'predictive value$.tw', 'reference value$.tw', 'roc$.tw' or 'likelihood ratio$.tw'. Inclusion and exclusion criteria select publications which meet certain minimum requirements, such as the presence of an accepted reference standard, a clear definition of 'diseased', and the presence of a suitable outcome measure. The methodological assessment list should contain a number of validity criteria as well as a number of criteria by which to measure the extent to which the study results can be generalised. Important assessment criteria that may affect the diagnostic value of the test are: study design, blinding, use of different reference standards, the absence of details about the diagnostic criteria for the diagnostic test and insufficient information about the study population
Translated title of the contributionSystematic reviews in practice. X. Searching, selecting and the methodological assessment of diagnostic evaluation research
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)2281-2284
Number of pages4
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume146
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2002

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