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Editorial
January 1, 2003

Improving Reports of Studies of Diagnostic TestsThe STARD Initiative

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Rennie is Deputy Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2003;289(1):89-90. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.89

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.

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