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

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  • STARD Group collaborators

External organisations

  • Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam
  • Paris Descartes University
  • Brown University
  • Bond University
  • University Medical Center Utrecht
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Community Information and Epidemiological Technologies, Institute of Population Health; University of Ottawa; Ottawa; Canada
  • Section of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


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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