Announced: a major update of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy (version 2) for release in 2021/2022.
The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy is the official guide that describes in detail the process of preparing and maintaining systematic reviews of test accuracy for Cochrane. The Handbook has been produced by the Cochrane Screening and Diagnostic Test Methods Group. It is a step-by-step guide for those conducting systematic reviews of test accuracy and a reference for more experienced authors.
The Handbook is applicable to all systematic reviews of test accuracy though is specifically relevant to Cochrane Reviews. Part 1 covers information specific to Cochrane Reviews of diagnostic test accuracy. Part 2 introduces test accuracy studies and discusses when it might be appropriate to conduct them. Part 3 covers the methods used in systematic reviews of test accuracy and how to present the findings, including collecting data, assessing risk of bias in the included studies, and undertaking meta-analysis.