Title: Conducting systematic reviews of diagnostic studies: didactic guidelines
Authors: Devillé, Walter L ×
Buntinx, Frank
Bouter, Lex M
Montori, Victor M
de Vet, Henrica C W
van der Windt, Danielle A W M
Bezemer, P Dick #
Issue Date: Jul-2002
Publisher: BioMed Central
Series Title: BMC Medical Research Methodology vol:2 pages:9
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Although guidelines for critical appraisal of diagnostic research and meta-analyses have already been published, these may be difficult to understand for clinical researchers or do not provide enough detailed information. METHODS: Development of guidelines based on a systematic review of the evidence in reports of systematic searches of the literature for diagnostic research, of methodological criteria to evaluate diagnostic research, of methods for statistical pooling of data on diagnostic accuracy, and of methods for exploring heterogeneity. RESULTS: Guidelines for conducting diagnostic systematic reviews are presented in a stepwise fashion and are followed by comments providing further information. Examples are given using the results of two systematic reviews on the accuracy of the urine dipstick in the diagnosis of urinary tract infections, and on the accuracy of the straight-leg-raising test in the diagnosis of intervertebral disc hernia.
ISSN: 1471-2288
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Center for General Practice
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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