Objective assessment of diagnostic tests validity: a short review for clinicians and other mortals. Part II

Nermin N. Salkić

Abstract


The whole point of a diagnostic test is to use it to make a diagnosis,thus the obvious need is to know how accurately aparticular diagnostic test detects patients with or without adisease. In order to know it, a clinician or a researcher shouldhave a basic understanding of the principles of objectiveappraisal of diagnostic test. In the second part of this shortreview, the author presents the most common biostatisticalmethodology for assessment of a validity of diagnostic tests.Definitions and interpretations of accuracy and likelihoodratio are also provided together with methods of their calculation.

Keywords


Accuracy, Likelihood ratio

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