EMBASE to introduce diagnostic test accuracy study as a check tag

We are delighted to hear from Elsevier this week that a new check tag diagnostic test accuracy study will be included in EMBASE from 1st December 2010. Searching for diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) studies can be frustrating and time-consuming, as those of us now engaged in producing Cochrane systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy can attest!


EMBASE is the first of the major electronic medical literature databases to introduce a specific indexing term for DTA studies, and this initiative will prospectively enhance the retrieval of reports of these studies.


Discussions between the Elsevier EMBASE team and members of the Cochrane Register of DTA Studies reference group about the desirability of introducing an indexing term for diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) studies began in late 2008. In July 2010 we prepared a detailed proposal for Elsevier, including a Scope Note (definition) for diagnostic test accuracy study, suggestions regarding the location and use of existing EMTREE terms relating to diagnostic test accuracy, and training materials for the EMBASE indexers.


We would like to thank Elsevier for their enthusiasm and commitment to achieving this long-awaited outcome! A more detailed report of this initiative will be included in the December edition of Cochrane News.


4th November, 2010