Getting beyond Diagnostic Accuracy: Moving toward Approaches That Can Be Used in Practice

Mrus, Joseph M.
May 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;5/15/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 10, p1391
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the accuracy of diagnostic test. The evaluation of diagnostic tests is not congruent with real-world clinical situations. Calculation of sensitivity, specificity predictive values, and likelihood ratios requires knowledge about the presence or absence of a specific disorder and require that a test result be dichotomized as either positive or negative. The quality of reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy has been less than optimal. Complete and accurate reporting is necessary to enable readers to assess the potential for bias in studies and to evaluate the generalizability of the results.


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