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The evaluation of diagnostic tests: evidence on technical and diagnostic accuracy, impact on patient outcome and cost-effectiveness is needed.

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OBJECTIVE: Before introducing a test in clinical practice, its characteristics and added value should be assessed. Diagnostic accuracy studies only are not sufficient; the test's impact on patient outcome ought to be assessed as well. To do this, we propose a stepwise evaluation of diagnostic tests. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Theoretical-conceptual approach. RESULTS: First, the test's technical accuracy refers to the ability to produce usable information under standardized conditions. In a sec...

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Van den Bruel, A More by this author
Cleemput, I More by this author
Aertgeerts, B More by this author
Ramaekers, D More by this author
Buntinx, F More by this author
Journal:
Journal of clinical epidemiology
Volume:
60
Issue:
11
Pages:
1116-1122
Publication date:
2007-11-05
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EISSN:
1878-5921
ISSN:
0895-4356
URN:
uuid:0aa7da38-64e3-45c5-8bb4-8acd7776474a
Source identifiers:
215557
Local pid:
pubs:215557

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