The assessment of diagnostic tests. A survey of current medical research.

@article{Sheps1984TheAO,
  title={The assessment of diagnostic tests. A survey of current medical research.},
  author={Samuel B. Sheps and MartinT. Schechter},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1984},
  volume={252 17},
  pages={
          2418-22
        }
}
To study current diagnostic test evaluation, 129 recent articles were assessed against several well-known methodological criteria. Only 68% employed a well-defined "gold standard." Test interpretation was clearly described in only 68% and was stated to be "blind" in only 40%. Approximately 20% used the terms sensitivity and specificity incorrectly. Predictive values were considered in only 31% and the influence of disease prevalence and study setting was considered in only 19%. Overall, 74… CONTINUE READING
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