Workshop on DTA studies

In current medical practice, new diagnostic tests are developed and introduced at a fast rate. A rigorous evaluation of diagnostic tests before introduction into clinical practice is imperative. Several potential threats to the internal and external validity of a study on diagnostic accuracy exist. As in any other type of research, flaws in study design can lead to biased results. Exaggerated and biased results from poorly designed and reported diagnostic studies can trigger their premature dissemination and lead physicians into making incorrect treatment decisions.

Mentor: Prof. Ashraf Nabhan

Agenda There are major steps that one must navigate successfully to take a diagnostic test accuracy study idea and turn it into a publication that may have an impact on clinical practice. These steps include developing the study question, developing the study plan, basics of analyzing data, and standards of reporting DTA studies. This workshop takes each of these steps and expands on its important components. The workshop will also provide training on assessing the methodological quality of DTA studies.

Format Plenary interactive sessions, small group work, and question- answer sessions

Date: Saturday, November 08, 2014 – 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Venue: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ain Shams University. First Floor, Meeting Room.

Who can attend: Those who attended The Workshop on Designing Observational Studies (either on 4 September or 2 October) (restricted FREE workshop)