A practical workshop on how to use QUADAS-2 in a systematic review


Workshop session 2: Wednesday, 14:00-15:30

Workshop category: 

  • Methods for conducting syntheses (including different evidence, searching and information retrieval, statistics, assessing methodological quality)


Date and Location


Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Penny Whiting
Hans Reitsma
Mariska Leeflang
Target audience

Target audience: 

Review authors, in particular those working on or interested in conducting DTA reviews; open to all Colloquium participants

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Objectives: To introduce QUADAS-2 and provide practical guidance on how to use the tool to assess the quality of diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) studies.

Description: The workshop will be split into two sessions:

Introduction to QUADAS-2:
The first session will be a brief overview of the content and structure of QUADAS-2. We will discuss potential sources of bias and applicability concerns in DTA studies. We will explain how the tool is structured and how it should be used to assess the quality of DTA studies included in a systematic review.

Applying QUADAS-2
The second session will provide participants with the opportunity to apply QUADAS-2 to an example DTA study. We will split participants into smaller groups and each group will assess the example study according to one or two of the QUADAS-2 domains. We will then regroup to feedback the results of the assessment to the wider group and to discuss any issues that arose during the assessment process.