Advanced Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests (CEPI5202)


The aim of this unit is to critically appraise and apply, at an advanced level, the best evidence on diagnostic tests. This unit will help students to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in: assessing the quality of articles about diagnostic tests; extracting useful measures of test accuracy; and determining the value of the tests for different patients. At the end of this unit participants will be able to (at an advanced level): critically appraise articles assessing the validity and repeatability of diagnostic tests, and use information from diagnostic test articles to estimate the probabilities of alternative diagnoses with different test results. The principles of meta-analysis of diagnostic test studies will also be presented. The unit is based on discussion of pre-circulated reading material. Assessment will be based on a paper selected for discussion in the final week.

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1x2hr seminar/week for 7 weeks


Class discussion and presentation (40%), written assignment (60%)


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