5. Selecting Relevant Studies

  1. Matthew Thompson1,2 and
  2. Ann Van den Bruel2

Published Online: 1 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119951827.ch5

Diagnostic Tests Toolkit

Diagnostic Tests Toolkit

How to Cite

Thompson, M. and Van den Bruel, A. (2011) Selecting Relevant Studies, in Diagnostic Tests Toolkit, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119951827.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 7 OCT 2011

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Carl Heneghan,
  2. Rafael Perera and
  3. Douglas Badenoch

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657584

Online ISBN: 9781119951827



  • studies' selection;
  • relevant studies;
  • well-formulated questions;
  • questions, selective;
  • assessing validity;
  • bias and variability;
  • ‘defects’ in study design;
  • ways, of carrying it out;
  • ‘ideal’ diagnostic study;
  • flow charts, STARD website


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Selecting relevant studies

  • Assessing validity

  • What is the difference between bias and variability in diagnostic studies?

  • The ‘ideal’ diagnostic study

  • Flow charts of patients