Rapid diagnostic tests for visceral leishmaniasis

  • Protocol
  • Diagnostic



This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Diagnostic test accuracy). The objectives are as follows:

To assess the accuracy of RDTs (including rk39-based ICTs), for diagnosing VL disease in first-line health services in VL-endemic areas.

We will investigate the differences, if any, in relation to the test conditions (index and reference: commercial brand of index test, type of reference standard), regions (the Indian subcontinent, eastern Africa, Latin America and the Mediterranean region), disease prevalence in the sample, and study quality assessment.