Patient outcomes and population context affect test accuracy

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7389.601/a (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:601
  1. David Jenkins, professor of pathology (david.jenkins@nottingham.ac.uk),
  2. Elaine Bentley, academic epidemiologist
  1. School of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Nottingham, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    EDITOR—Publication of the STARD paper, on standards for reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy, should ensure increased attention to the problems of poor diagnostic research.1 Increased awareness of reporting of accuracy studies should lead to better study designs and hence improve the evidence base for diagnostic tests.

    However, accuracy is but one aspect of assessing diagnostic tests. …

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