Also systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) are now being published in The Cochrane Library.
Writing a DTA review comprises the same four stages as a review on interventions: (1) propose a title; (2) submit the protocol for your review; (3) submit the full review; (4) update the review. There are however some important differences between intervention and DTA reviews. Please contact the Editorial Base if you are interested in writing a DTA review.
For the most comprehensive information on publishing a Cochrane DTA review:
- Consult the Cochrane Handbook for DTA Reviews
- Visit the the website of Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group website.
Some easy to read open-access publications on diagnostic reviews are:
- Leeflang MMG, Bossuyt PMM. Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy. Evid.-Based Child Health 2008;3(1):257-258.
- Altman DG, Bland JM. Diagnostic tests 1: sensitivity and specificity. BMJ 1994;308:1552.
- Altman DG, Bland JM. Diagnostic tests 2: predictive values. BMJ 1994;309:102.
- Altman DG, Bland JM. Diagnostic tests 3: receiver operating characteristic plots. BMJ 1994;309: 88.
- Deeks JJ, Altman DG. Diagnostic tests 4: likelihood ratios. BMJ 2004;329:168-169.