Chapter 1: Introduction to the Methods Guide for Medical Test Reviews.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Evaluation of medical tests presents challenges distinct from those involved in the evaluation of therapies; in particular, the very great importance of context and the dearth of comprehensive RCTs aimed at comparing the clinical outcomes of different tests and test strategies. Available guidance provides some suggestions: 1) Use of the PICOTS typology for clarifying the context relevant to the review, and 2) use of an organizing framework for classifying the types of medical test evaluation studies and their relationship to potential key questions. However, there is a diversity of recommendations for reviewers of medical tests and a proliferation of concepts, terms, and methods. As a contribution to the field, this Methods Guide for Medical Test Reviews seeks to provide practical guidance for achieving the goals of clarity, consistency, tractability, and usefulness.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Matchar, DB

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 Suppl 1 / Suppl 1

Start / End Page

  • S4 - 10

PubMed ID

  • 22648669

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3364363

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1525-1497

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11606-011-1798-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States