About us

The Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Working Group was constituted by the Steering Group of the Cochrane Collaboration to implement the publication of systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy within the Cochrane Collaboration.

In October 2007, during the Colloquium in Sao Paulo, the implementation of systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy was officially launched. 

The DTA working group are producing the Cochrane handbook for reviews of diagnostic test accuracy, developing tutorials for use in RevMan, contribute to the development of RevMan software, have worked with CRGs to develop the editorial process of these reviews and collaborate with all Cochrane entities as necessary to ensure the preparation and publication of good quality DTA reviews in The Cochrane Library.

Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Editorial Team

At the meeting of the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group (CCSG) in October 2006 it was agreed that publication of Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy reviews (and protocols) in The Cochrane Library would require the approval of both the Cochrane Review Group (CRG) and a Diagnostic test accuracy editorial team (DTA ET). This would be implemented by requiring joint sign-off of protocols and reviews by a CRG Editor and a DTA Editor.

Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Editorial Process

The DTA Working Group has produced an Editorial Process and other supporting documents including guidance on Plain Language Summaries which are now mandatory for DTA reviews.  We have also contributed to the development of the Review Propasal Form (formerly Title Registration Form) which is available from the appropriate Cochrane Reviw Group.  This must be completed and returned to the CRG for approval of Title Registration.

Enquiries & assistance

We have compiled a "Frequently asked questions" page which holds the answers to most questions.  If you have any further enquiries about DTA reviews for the Cochrane Library, please see the "Contact us" page.