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Terminology for the description of the diagnostic studies in the field of EBM.

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CNRS STL UMR 8163, Université Lille 3, rue Barreau, 59653 Villeneuve d'Ascq, France.


Diagnostic systematic reviews is a relatively new area within the Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). Their indexing in Pubmed is not precise, which complicates their detection when a systematic review is to be realized. In order to provide an assistance in the selection of relevant studies, we propose to develop a terminology describing this area and the organization of its terms. The terminology is built with a bottom-up approach. It contains 255 terms organized into five hierarchical levels. Only a small proportion of these terms (13%) are already registered in MeSH. This terminology will be exploited in a dedicated web service as a main tool for the detection of relevant diagnostic studies.

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