Identifying Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies: Challenges and Strategies Training Day, University of York

Diagnostic test accuracy studies are receiving increasing attention, but are challenging to identify efficiently and reliably. As well as health care professionals seeking information on best evidence on test accuracy, there is also a growing requirement for systematic study identification to inform systematic reviews and technology assessments of diagnostic tests and techniques. The growing number of diagnostic test accuracy reviews is an important resource for the practice of evidence-based health care.

This training day will provide an introduction to the key features of diagnostic test accuracy studies to provide insight into retrieval challenges. This will be followed by an overview of the research evidence on search approaches to identify diagnostic studies and the key current resources available to find studies and reviews. In this fast-moving research area we will explore current searching guidance and highlight key critical appraisal tools for assessing diagnostic test accuracy studies. There will be time to explore and test strategies and resources.

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Course Details

Date: 9th June 2017.
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Early bird price: £200 (+£40 VAT). Registration fee includes tea and coffee, lunch and course documentation. Paying by PayPal will confirm your place immediately.

The training day will be presented by Julie Glanville.

Julie Glanville, York Health Economics Consortium, University of York, has provided information support to many diagnostic test accuracy reviews and has published research into diagnostic test search filter performance.

All courses are held at the University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD or Heslington East Campus, YO19 5LA.
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Workshop overview

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By the end of the training day, participants will have:

  • An awareness of the features of a diagnostic test accuracy study;
  • An understanding of the key issues relating to effective searching for diagnostic test accuracy studies;
  • An awareness of the key resources to search for diagnostic test studies and diagnostic reviews;
  • Experience of developing and critiquing strategies and searching key resources.
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Who should attend?

This study day would be of interest to librarians, information professionals and researchers seeking more insight into the identification of diagnostic test accuracy studies and reviews.

YHEC Training Expertise

YHEC offers a range of training courses in health economics topics including economic modelling, evidence retrieval and information skills. (

Our regular training programme offers courses in York in well-equipped rooms and computer classrooms.  All of our courses have limited delegate places available to ensure that sessions permit discussion and interaction within the group. We can also offer these courses and bespoke courses at your own site.

Other Health Economics Training at York: YHEC courses are generally introductory. Five-day expert workshops, distance learning and MSc courses in health economics are offered by health economists at the Centre for Health Economics and the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York.

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