Special Issue "Planning and Evaluating Agreement and Reliability Studies"
A special issue of Diagnostics (ISSN 2075-4418).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (7 November 2020) | Viewed by 7075
Interests: design, analysis, and reporting of diagnostic and prognostic trials in molecular imaging – agreement studies; sequential and adaptive trial designs in diagnostic research; response evaluation with PET
For every new diagnostic test, biomarker, or measurement based on an assay, its accuracy and precision needs to be proven before being put into clinical use. In case of diagnostic imaging, this encompasses intra- and interrater repeatability and reproducibility assessments. The Guidelines for Reporting Reliability and Agreement Studies by Kottner and colleagues (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2010.03.002) provide a broad framework and reporting guidance but did, for instance, also indicate that investigations into sample size determination for reliability were small in number and scarcely in agreement. Apart from studies conducted with the primary focus on agreement and/or reliability estimation itself, such assessments may be a part of larger diagnostic, clinical, or epidemiological trials and serve as a quality control, either before the main study or by using data of the main study. Nevertheless, only thorough study planning will secure an appropriate design for and sufficient assessment of agreement and/or reliability.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide a collection of articles that reflect the challenge of appropriately planning and reporting agreement and reliability studies, thereby informing and inspiring fellow colleagues pursuing similar endeavors. Papers providing theoretical considerations, practical applications, and pedagogical advice are equally welcome.
Prof. Dr. Oke Gerke
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