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Developing search strategies for systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy

Topic category Searching and information retrieval
Date and Location
Date: 
Thursday 20 October 2011 - 11:15 - 12:45
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
Information Retrieval Methods Group
Contact person
Contact person: 
Ruth L Mitchell (Contact this person)
Anne Eisinga (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Ruth
Last name: 
Mitchell
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Renal Group
First name: 
Anne
Last name: 
Eisinga
Affiliation and Country: 
UK Support Unit for Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Julie
Last name: 
Glanville
Affiliation and Country: 
York Economic Consortium Ltd., UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Trials Search Coordinators / Information Specialists
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Restricted
Level of knowledge required: 
Advanced
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Training
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:
To further enhance the competencies of Trial Search Co-ordinators in developing search strategies for systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) studies using a practical exercise-based approach.

Description:
The workshop will be based entirely around a small-group exercise:
- Developing 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 gain skills in:
- 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 for tests and target conditions e.g. where there are no MeSH terms, where there are alternative terms, MeSH terms vs Subheadings etc.
- Advanced techniques for optimising sensitivity and precision
It is assumed that participants will already have a basic knowledge of DTA studies, and at least intermediate understanding of the principles and practice of searching for DTA studies, gained through attendance at previous workshops, and as set out in "Searching for studies" in the Handbook for Cochrane Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies.