Challenges and opportunities in evaluating diagnostic tests.

Author(s): Ransohoff DF

Journal: J Clin Epidemiol

Date: 2002 Dec

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): BRG

PubMed ID: 12547446

PMC ID: not available

Abstract: The field of clinical research conducted to evaluate diagnostic tests has evolved substantially over the last 25 years. This article discusses three current challenges and opportunities in conducting such research: the limitations of the "traditional focus" of clinical epidemiology in evaluating tests; how different decision makers use data produced by clinical epidemiology research, and what those uses mean for future research; and special challenges and opportunities in evaluating molecular-based tests.