Diagnostic studies: methods and critical appraisal

The 'Diagnostic studies: methods and critical appraisal' 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 takes 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.

Upcoming course dates

Related courses

The National Guideline Centre (NGC) also offers intensive 1-day courses on critical appraisal of clinical studies and systematic reviewing and meta-analysis.

What you will learn

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.

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

Who should apply?

All healthcare professionals (multidisciplinary) and all specialties.

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 but no prior knowledge of diagnostic research methods is expected.