Generic Protocol(s) for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews in Dementia (Cochrane Database)

Summary

The Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group (CDCIG) is working – in collaboration with the Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Review Unit (DTA Unit) and the Institute of Public Health (IPH) – on a series of Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) reviews in dementia. These reviews are to be part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cochrane Collaboration Programme.

There is, for example, the protocol for a review concerning the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) for the detection of Alzheimer’s dementia and other dementias in asymptomatic and previously clinically unevaluated people aged over 65 years in community and primary care populations:

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Reference

Creavin, ST. Noel-Storr, AH. [and] Smailagic, N. [et al] (2014). Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) for the detection of Alzheimer’s dementia and other dementias in asymptomatic and previously clinically unevaluated people aged over 65 years in community and primary care populations (Protocols). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. June 10th 2014, Issue No. 6. No. CD011145.

The above protocol is based on broadly the same format and structure as the following protocol(s).

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Reference

Davis, DHJ. Creavin, ST. [and] Noel-Storr, A. [et al] (2013). Neuropsychological tests for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease dementia and other dementias: a generic protocol for cross-sectional and delayed-verification studies (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. March 2013, Issue 3. No. CD010460.

A rare insight into how the experts produce these world-class reviews. These documents have been created to aid authors writing Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group (CDCIG) Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) protocols for various neuropsychological tests. The required protocol headings are described with examples to help explain the rationale for each review and the methods used. Authors typically use text from the examples provided and adapt it (as necessary) for variables such as index test and clinical setting. Links to appropriate sections of the DTA Handbook are supplied. Appendix 1 describes content and structure of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cochrane Collaboration Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group (CDCIG) Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) Programme (as of 2013).

See also:

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Reference

Davis, DHJ. Creavin, ST. [and] Yip, JLY. [et al] (2013). The Montreal Cognitive Assessment for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia disorders (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. October 10th 2013, Issue 10. No. CD010775.

Note: Further protocols of this nature are to be discovered here: Further Dementia Diagnostic Test Accuracy Systematic Review Protocols (Cochrane Database).

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