STARD for Abstracts: essential items for reporting diagnostic accuracy studies in journal or conference abstracts

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  • STARD Group collaborators

External organisations

  • University of Amsterdam
  • Paris Descartes University
  • Brown University
  • Bond University
  • University Medical Center Utrecht
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • University of Ottawa
  • Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre


Many abstracts of diagnostic accuracy studies are currently insufficiently informative. We extended the STARD (Standards for Reporting Diagnostic Accuracy) statement by developing a list of essential items that authors should consider when reporting diagnostic accuracy studies in journal or conference abstracts. After a literature review of published guidance for reporting biomedical studies, we identified 39 items potentially relevant to report in an abstract. We then selected essential items through a two round web based survey among the 85 members of the STARD Group, followed by discussions within an executive committee. Seventy three STARD Group members responded (86%), with 100% completion rate. STARD for Abstracts is a list of 11 quintessential items, to be reported in every abstract of a diagnostic accuracy study. We provide examples of complete reporting, and developed template text for writing informative abstracts.


Original languageEnglish
Article numberj3751
Number of pages5
JournalBMJ (Online)
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2017

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