Systematic reviews of diagnostic test evaluations: What's behind the scenes?

Pai, Madhukar; McCulloch, Michael; Enanoria, Wayne; Colford Jr., John M.
July 2004
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 141 Issue 1, pA11
Academic Journal
The article presents an overview of systematic reviews of diagnostic test evaluations. Systematic reviews are done on a range of clinical questions, such as therapy, diagnosis, prognosis, etiology, harm, and disease prevalence. The core steps of the systematic review process can be broken down further into more discrete steps. Although not as common as systematic reviews on therapeutic questions, an increasing number of diagnostic reviews are being published in the medical literature. The final steps in the systematic review process are interpretation of the results, including discussion of such issues as applicability, and writing the report for publication.


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