Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 23, issue 2, P225-267 2009 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.01.010 View full text
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Mario Cruciani, Carlo Mengoli

Abstract: This review summarizes meta-analyses evaluating the accuracy of diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. Systematic searches identified 55 meta-analyses that satisfied inclusion criteria of reporting diagnostic accuracy of an index test compared with a reference test. All reviews were assessed for methods and reporting. The overall assessment underlined problems in several key steps: reporting detailed information from primary studies about the study design and patient characteristics, reference and index tes…

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