Community Healthcare MIC Event: Introduction to Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests

Monday 20 September 2021

The NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative is hosting an online event on 21 October 2021.

The aim of this event is to understand the different elements needed to develop better evidence for the benefit of diagnostic tests.


Tests as part of a clinical pathway
We will explore why it is important to consider diagnostic tests as elements of clinical pathways rather than in isolation, and the potential impacts of the introduction of new tests.

Basic statistics for diagnostic accuracy
This session will provide a brief overview of how to organise data for the calculation of key basic measures of diagnostic accuracy, including sensitivity, specificity, prevalence, and predictive values.

Searching for existing evidence for diagnostic tests
An information specialist from the Bodleian Science Libraries will lead a brief workshop to help students understand how to search for evidence that is already available.

Overview of health economics for diagnostics
This session will provide students with an introduction to what health economics is, what cost-effectiveness means, why this is important and how it is measured.

The evidence cycle for the comprehensive evaluation of diagnostic tests
The workshop will incorporate a practical session where students will work through a number of practical evaluation scenarios with course tutors.

NIHR and SBRI Healthcare funding streams
Learn more about available funding streams to support the development and evaluation of new tests, led by a member of the NIHR and SBRI team