Checklist for the Appraisal of Diagnostic Accuracy Articles (Leave items blank that do not apply.) Title ________________________________________________________________________________ Author _______________________ Journal ________________ Vol. ___ Issue ___ Date ___________ A reasonable question that can be answered by the study design is proposed. ± Yes ± Partly ± No The methods for performing the test are described enough to permit replication. ± Yes ± Partly ± No The test was compared with a suitable reference standard (“gold” standard). ± Yes ± Partly ± No Comparison with the reference standard was blinded. ± Yes ± Partly ± No Decision to perform the reference standard was independent of new test results. ± Yes ± Partly ± No The setting where the data were collected is described adequately. ± Yes ± Partly ± No Inclusion/exclusion criteria are presented and are reasonable. ± Yes
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