Authors of Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) reviews should be strongly encouraged to leave the management of DTA review searching to the Group’s Information Specialist.
- For detailed information about the design and structure of search strategies and sources to search, see the Handbook for DTA reviews, Chapter 7: Searching for studies.
Search strategies for identifying diagnostic studies are not restricted to a particular study design and are predominantly focused on terms for the diagnostic test(s) of interest (index test) and the clinical disorder or disease stage the test is seeking to detect (target condition).
6.3.1 What and where to search
As a minimum, you must search:
In addition, search for other related DTA reviews. For example, ARIF, an in-house database at the University of Birmingham, which contains diagnostic test accuracy reviews. Additional methods of identifying relevant studies are as outlined in the intervention reviews section of this Guide.
6.3.2 Study design search filters
In section 7.4.11 Search filters, the DTA Handbook recommends that the routine use of methodology filters in searches should be avoided as even the most sensitive searches can miss relevant studies.