Planning eligibility criteria

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. In this lesson, the focus is on selecting the appropriate patients, index tests, target conditions and reference standards. A full list of currently available or planned lessons is available here.


After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • Make decisions with regards to your eligibility criteria and apply those

2.3 Planning eligibility criteria

Author information: 
Leeflang, Mariska; Davenport, Clare; Takwoingi, Yemisi; Deeks, Jon

Cite as: Leeflang MM, Davenport CF, Takwoingi Y, Deeks JJ. Planning eligibility criteria. Lesson 2.3: Cochrane Collaboration DTA Online Learning Materials. The Cochrane Collaboration, October 2014. Videocast (22 slides, 16 min, sound, colour). Available at

Session compiled and narrated by Mariska Leeflang 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 the University of Amsterdam.