Resources for Authors

Handbook for DTA reviews

Version 1 of the DTA Review handbook is available through this website. A team of authors and editors is working on a revised version of the Handbook. As each revised chapter is completed, we will upload it to Cochrane's Training website.

Software for DTA reviews

All Cochrane Reviews must be developed in Review Manager (RevMan). We have developed a tutorial for developing Diagnostic test accuracy reviews in RevMan. Download the zip-file by clicking here.

The most up-to-date version of RevMan should be used for all protocols & reviews.  Please check with your CRG to ensure that you have the latest version.

Please click on the link for information about the features of Revman 5.3

RevMan is not able to do the complex statistical models that are required to meta-analyze data in systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy. More advanced statistical software packages are needed to do these meta-analyses. Specific statistical parameters from the models run can be input into RevMan in order to draw appropriate graphical displays of the data.

Training available to authors of Diagnostic Test Accuracy reviews

Training for authors of DTA reviews is available as:

1.  On-line, self-help training modules;

2.  Two- or three-day taught courses;

3.  Access to presentations & course materials from past events.

Please note: DTA review author training is no longer offered as one-day taught modules at the University of Birmingham.