How to convert your review to QUADAS-2

Diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) reviews: a pathway


This lesson is part of an introductory series developed by Cochrane Screening & Diagnostic Test Methods Group to support authors in the production of DTA reviews. A full list of currently available or planned lessons is available here.

This lesson addresses conversion from the old QUADAS tool for quality assessment to the QUADAS-2 tool which is now available in RevMan 5.2 or 5.3. It also provides a quick overview of two of the domains in the QUADAS-2 tool. Finally, it briefly explains how to create and modify graphs of risk of bias and applicability concerns.

After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • Convert the methodological quality tables from QUADAS to QUADAS-2 format
  • Adapt the old Characteristics of the Included Studies tables to the new format in RevMan 5.2 or 5.3
  • Make the most of the enhanced functionality in RevMan for producing graphs of risk of bias and applicability concerns

9.2 How to convert your review to QUADAS-2


Cite as: Takwoingi Y, Leeflang MM, Davenport CF, Deeks JJ. How to convert your review to QUADAS-2. Lesson 9.2: Cochrane Collaboration DTA Online Learning Materials. The Cochrane Collaboration, September 2014. Videocast (30 slides, 17 min, sound, colour). Available at

Session compiled and narrated by Yemisi Takwoingi with technical support from Anne Walker and Paul Good, University of Birmingham. With grateful acknowledgement of the many members of the Cochrane DTA Reviews Working Group upon which the materials, in part, are based. Funded by the UK NIHR and the Cochrane Collaboration, with support from the University of Birmingham and University of Amsterdam.