Evidence-based medicine at your fingertips part 2: Diagnostic tests

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We describe in this second article the step-by-step design and use of a spreadsheet to analyze the results of a diagnostic test in the literature. Automatically computed results are the sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratios. The spreadsheet also computes the post-test probability of diagnosing a disease based on the prevalence of that disease in one's practice. The result is, therefore, unique to this group of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-191
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Pediatrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Diagnostic tests
  • Evidence-based medicine (EBM)
  • Literature
  • Spreadsheet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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