Resources for Authors

Handbook for DTA reviews

Version 2 of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy has recently been published and is now freely available online via Cochrane Training, or in hardback form via Wiley.  

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.

RevMan should be used for all protocols & reviews.  Please click on the link for information about the features of RevMan.

RevMan is not able to do the complex statistical models that are required to meta-analyse 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.