Introduction to diagnostic test accuracy studies workshop

The 'Introduction to diagnostic test accuracy studies' workshop is an intensive half-day course designed for clinicians, researchers, health professionals and students who want to understand and critically appraise diagnostic accuracy studies.

Delivered through presentations and interactive examples, the workshop will take participants through different types of diagnostic study designs, measures of diagnostic accuracy and the process of critical appraisal, including an extensive risk of bias assessment.

Dates and booking details

Courses run from 1-4.30pm. To book a place on an advertised course, please go to the course date.

Related courses

We also offer intensive 1-day courses on critical appraisal of clinical studies, and systematic reviewing and meta-analysis. For further information on these courses, please follow the links below:

What you will learn

Some of the things this half day workshop will cover is:

  • An introduction to diagnostic accuracy studies
  • Characteristics of different diagnostic study designs
  • Assessment of the risk of bias of published diagnostic accuracy studies
  • An introduction to test-and-treat trials (‘diagnostic RCTs’)

Interactive examples will help participants strengthen new skills and put them into practice. Full details are available at the date you wish to attend.


By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • understand the principles of diagnostic test accuracy studies
  • identify the strengths and weaknesses of different diagnostic accuracy study designs
  • appraise study outcomes and judge the quality of study methodology
  • understand the difference between diagnostic test accuracy studies, test-and-treat studies, and prognostic studies

Who should apply

This workshop is suitable for those who are new to diagnostic accuracy studies, or require a refresher session. Some knowledge of general basic research methods is required. No prior knowledge of diagnostic research methods is required.

All healthcare professionals (multi-disciplinary) and all specialities.