Filters for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies


Evaluations of the performance of diagnostic study filters are presented below the table.
 
Database Filter
CINAHL SIGN strategy [undated] [Ovid]
EMBASE

Fraser C, Mowatt G, Siddiqui R, Burr J. Searching for diagnostic test accuracy studies: an application to screening for open angle glaucoma (OAG) [abstract]. XIV Cochrane Colloquium; 2006 October 23-26; Dublin, Ireland:88.

Wilczynski NL, Haynes, RB, for the HEDGES team. EMBASE search strategies for identifying methodologically sound diagnostic studies for use by clinicians and researchers. BMC Medicine 2005, 3:7.

Bachmann LM, Estermann P, Kronenberg C, ter Riet G. Identifying diagnostic accuracy studies in EMBASE. Journal of the Medical Library Association 2003;91(3):341-6.

ISSG structured abstract (pdf)

ISSG search filter appraisal (pdf)
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SIGN strategy [undated] [Ovid]
MEDLINE

Shaikh N, Badgett RG, Ketchum AM, Wilczynski NL, McKibbon KA, Haynes RB. Development of search strategies for retrieving studies on the accuracy of signs and symptoms. Poster presentation: 16th Cochrane Colloquium: Evidence in the era of globalisation; 2008 Oct 3-7; Freiburg, Germany [abstract]. Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen 2008;102(Suppl VI):89.
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Astin MP, Brazzelli MG, Fraser CM, Counsell CE, Needham G, Grimshaw JM. Developing a sensitive search strategy in MEDLINE to retrieve studies on assessment of the diagnostic performance of imaging techniques. Radiology 2008;247(2):365-73.

Grady EBM strategy [2007] [Ovid]
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Fraser C, Mowatt G, Siddiqui R, Burr J. Searching for diagnostic test accuracy studies: an application to screening for open angle glaucoma (OAG) [abstract]. XIV Cochrane Colloquium; 2006 October 23-26; Dublin, Ireland:88.
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Berg A, Fleischer S, Behrens J. Development of two search strategies for literature in MEDLINE-PubMed: nursing diagnoses in the context of evidence-based nursing. International Journal of Nursing Terminolologies and Classifications 2005;16(2):26-32. [PubMed]

Haynes RB, Wilczynski NL. Optimal search strategies for retrieving scientifically strong studies of diagnosis from Medline: analytical survey. BMJ 2004 ;328(7447):1040. Also at http://hiru.mcmaster.ca/hiru/HIRU_Hedges_MEDLINE_Strategies.aspx        The performance of the Haynes et al strategies have been reassessed in 2012/2013 in MEDLINE clinical queries are robust when searching in recent publishing years.

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Vincent S, Greenley S, Beaven O. Clinical evidence diagnosis: developing a sensitive search strategy to retrieve diagnostic studies on deep vein thrombosis: a pragmatic approach. Health Information and Libraries Journal 2003;20(3):150-9. [Ovid]

ISSG search filter appraisal (pdf)
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Bachmann LM, Coray R, Estermann P, Ter Riet G. Identifying diagnostic studies in MEDLINE: reducing the number needed to read. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 2002;9(6):653-8.

ISSG search filter appraisal (pdf)
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Deville WL, Buntinx F, Cochrane Methods Group on Screening and Diagnostic Tests. Guidelines for conducting systematic reviews of studies evaluating the accuracy of diagnostic tests. In: Knotterus JA (editor). The evidence base of clinical diagnosis. London: BMJ Books, 2002:145-65.

Deville WL, Buntinx F, Bouter LM, Montori VM, de Vet HCW, van der Windt D, Bezemer PD. Conducting systematic reviews of diagnostic studies: didactic guidelines. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2002;2:9. [PubMed]
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Deville WLJM, Brezemer PD, Bouter LM. Publications on diagnostic test evaluation in family medicine journals: an optimal search strategy. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2000;53(1):65-9.

ISSG structured abstract (pdf)

ISSG search filter appraisal (pdf)
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van der Weijden T, Ijzermans CJ, Dinant GJ, van Duijn NP, de Vet R, Buntinx F. Identifying relevant diagnostic studies in MEDLINE. The diagnostic value of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and dipstick as an example. Family Practice 1997;14(3):204-8. [SilverPlatter]

ISSG structured abstract (pdf)

ISSG search filter appraisal (pdf)
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SIGN strategy [undated] [Ovid]
PsycINFO University of Texas School of Public Health. Search filters for Test or instrument construction/validity/reliability. Accessed 06 Dec 2013. [Ovid]

Evaluations of the performance of diagnostic study filters

Beynon R, Leeflang MM, McDonald S, Eisinga A, Mitchell RL, Whiting P, Glanville JM. Search strategies to identify diagnostic accuracy studies in MEDLINE and EMBASE. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 9. Art. No.: MR000022. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.MR000022.pub3.

Relevo R. Chapter 4: effective search strategies for systematic reviews of medical tests. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jun;27 Suppl 1:S28-32

Geersing GJ, Bouwmeester W, Zuithoff P, Spijker R, Leeflang M, Moons K. Search filters for finding prognostic and diagnostic prediction studies in medline to enhance systematic reviews. PLoS One; 2012;7(2):e32844 

Mann R, Gilbody S M . Should methodological filters for diagnostic test accuracy studies be used in systematic reviews of psychometric instruments? A case study involving screening for postnatal depression. Systematic Reviews 2012, 1:9 doi:10.1186/2046-4053-1-9

Lokker C, Haynes RB, Wilczynski NL, McKibbon KA, Walter SD. Retrieval of diagnostic and treatment studies for clinical use through PubMed and PubMed's Clinical Queries filters. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association  2011;18(5):652-9. Epub 2011 Jun 15.

Whiting P, Westwood M, Beynon R, Burke M, Sterne J, Glanville J. Inclusion of methodological filters in searches for diagnostic test accuracy studies misses relevant studies. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2011 64(6): 602-607. http://www.jclinepi.com/article/S0895-4356%2810%2900262-3/abstract (also presented at Methods for Evaluating Medical Tests. First International Symposium; 2008 July 24-25; University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK and also at the 16th Cochrane Colloquium: Evidence in the era of globalisation; 2008 Oct 3-7; Freiburg, Germany [abstract]. Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen 2008;102(Suppl VI):10.)

Kastner M, Wilczynski NL, McKibbon AK, Garg AX, Haynes RB. Diagnostic test systematic reviews: bibliographic search filters ("Clinical Queries") for diagnostic accuracy studies perform well . Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2009 ;62(9):974-81.

Ritchie G, Glanville J, Lefebvre C. Do published search filters to identify diagnostic test accuracy studies perform adequately? Health Information and Libraries Journal 2007;24(3):188-92. Also presented as Glanville J, Ritchie G, Lefebvre C. How well do published search filters perform in finding diagnostic test accuracy studies? [abstract]. Methods for Evaluating Medical Tests. First International Symposium; 2008 July 24-25; University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK:18.

Leeflang M, McDonald S, Scholten RJPM, Reitsma H, Rutjes AWS. Search strategies to identify diagnostic accuracy studies in MEDLINE and EMBASE.(Protocol) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 2. Art. No.: MR000022. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.MR000022.pub2.

Leeflang MM, Scholten RJ, Rutjes AW, Reitsma JB, Bossuyt PM. Use of methodological search filters to identify diagnostic accuracy studies can lead to the omission of relevant studies. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2006;59(3):234-40.

Alldred S, Hampson L, Neilson J, Alfirevic Z, Deeks J. Comparison of two different search strategies in identifying literature for a diagnostic test accuracy review of Down's Syndrome screening [abstract]. 14th Cochrane Colloquium; 2006 October 23-26; Dublin, Ireland .

Doust JA, Pietrzak E, Sanders S, Glasziou PP. Identifying studies for systematic reviews of diagnostic tests was difficult due to the poor sensitivity and precision of methodologic filters and the lack of information in the abstract. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2005;58(5):444-9.

Mitchell R, Rinaldi F, Craig J. Performance of published search strategies for studies of diagnostic test accuracy (SDTAs) in MEDLINE and EMBASE [abstract]. XIII Cochrane Colloquium; 2005 Oct 22-26; Melbourne, Australia:33.

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