Challenges in systematic reviews of diagnostic technologies.

  title={Challenges in systematic reviews of diagnostic technologies.},
  author={Athina Tatsioni and Deborah A. Zarin and Naomi Aronson and David J. Samson and Carole Redding Flamm and Christopher Schmid and Jeff Lau},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={142 12 Pt 2},
Diagnostic tests, broadly construed, consist of any method of gathering information that may change a clinician's belief about the probability that a patient has a particular condition. Diagnosis is not an end in itself; rather, the purpose of a diagnostic test is to guide patient management decisions and thus improve patient outcomes. Because they are pivotal to health care decision making, diagnostic tests should be evaluated as rigorously as therapeutic interventions. A cursory search of the… CONTINUE READING


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