Author Affiliations: Dr Rennie is Deputy Editor, JAMA.
Authors preparing reports for THE JOURNAL on the accuracy of diagnostic
tests will notice a change in our Instructions for Authors.1 They
will be referred to a checklist and flow diagram for a study of diagnostic
accuracy on the JAMA Web site (http://www.jama.com) and to a
statement about this checklist and flow diagram,2 as
well as a background document,3 both of which
are being published simultaneously in Clinical Chemistry and are available without charge at http://www.clinchem.org/cgi/content/full/49/1/1 and http://www.clinchem.org/cgi/content/full/49/1/7. A statement
will also be published in other journals in laboratory medicine, as well as
in Radiology, another journal that often publishes
evaluations of tests, and it is free from copyright restrictions. Those desiring
to do so may publish and use it freely.
Rennie D. Improving Reports of Studies of Diagnostic TestsThe STARD Initiative. JAMA. 2003;289(1):89-90. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.89