BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Methods to identify studies for systematic reviews of diagnostic accuracy are less well developed than for reviews of intervention studies. This study assessed (1) the sensitivity and precision of five published search strategies and (2) the reliability and accuracy of reviewers screening the results of the search strategy. METHODS: We compared the results of the search filters with the studies included in two systematic reviews, and assessed the interobserver relia...Expand abstract
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Identifying studies for systematic reviews of diagnostic tests was difficult due to the poor sensitivity and precision of methodologic filters and the lack of information in the abstract.
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