Optimising the cutoffs of cognitive screening instruments in pragmatic diagnostic accuracy studies: maximising accuracy or the Youden index?

@article{Larner2015OptimisingTC,
  title={Optimising the cutoffs of cognitive screening instruments in pragmatic diagnostic accuracy studies: maximising accuracy or the Youden index?},
  author={Andrew J. Larner},
  journal={Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders},
  year={2015},
  volume={39 3-4},
  pages={167-75}
}
BACKGROUND/AIMS The optimal method of establishing test cutoffs or cutpoints for cognitive screening instruments (CSIs) is uncertain. Of the available methods, two base cutoffs on either the maximal test accuracy or the maximal Youden index. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of using these alternative methods of establishing cutoffs. METHODS Datasets from three pragmatic diagnostic accuracy studies which examined the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Addenbrooke's… CONTINUE READING

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