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Diagnostic test accuracy reviews 3: Assessment of methodological quality.

Topic category Diagnostic test accuracy review methods
Date and Location
Date: 
Friday 21 October 2011 - 16:00 - 17:30
Location: 
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group
Contact person
Contact person: 
Mariska Leeflang (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Penny
Last name: 
Whiting
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Bristol
First name: 
Anne
Last name: 
Rutjes
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Bern
First name: 
Hans
Last name: 
Reitsma
Affiliation and Country: 
Utrecht University
First name: 
Mariska
Last name: 
Leeflang
Affiliation and Country: 
University of Amsterdam
First name: 
Marie
Last name: 
Westwood
Affiliation and Country: 
Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd.
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review authors interested in conducting diagnostic systematic reviews.
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Basic
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Training
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objective: The Cochrane Diagnostic Reviews Methodology Working Group has developed a series of workshops addressing guidelines as formulated in the Handbook for Diagnostic Test Accuracy reviews. This workshop concerns quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies.

Description: The workshop will include an introduction to the five dimensions of quality assessment:
a) concepts of quality
b) empirical evidence of bias
c) how to assess quality
d) how to incorporate quality into systematic reviews
e) limitations of measuring and incorporating quality.
Statistical methods to deal with design related sources of bias and variation are discussed in a separate workshop. The workshop will include interactive exercises involving the assessment and discussion of some design characteristics by reviewing published articles.

The Cochrane Diagnostic Reviews Methodology Working Group has developed a series of workshops addressing guidelines as formulated in the Handbook for Diagnostic Test Accuracy reviews. This workshop is designed to explain and discuss the concepts and methods covered in the statistics chapter of the handbook. The use of RevMan 5 to display results will also be illustrated.