New Guidelines Aim to Enhance Accuracy of Medical Tests
Monday, November 2, 2015
Seeking to improve the reliability of medical testing, an international team of top experts has released new guidelines for doctors and scientists on how to best report their assessments of new and existing diagnostic tests.
“This is really the question of how do you know the test to diagnose disease really does diagnose disease?” said David E. Bruns, MD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology. “It sounds like such a simple question to ask, but like most simple questions, it turns out it’s not so easy.”
Better, More Effective Tests
The new guidelines list 30 items that should be included in every report of an accuracy study of a diagnostic test. The guidelines update and streamline the STARD (STAndards for the Reporting of Diagnostic accuracy) guidelines first issued in 2003. “After about 10 years of experience with this, it’s been used thousands of times in the literature – we felt it was time to bring it up to date,” said Bruns, founding architect of STARD.