|Title||Indexing of diagnosis accuracy studies in MEDLINE and EMBASE.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Wilczynski NL, Haynes BR|
|Journal||AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium|
|Keywords||Abstracting and Indexing as Topic; Analysis of Variance; Databases, Bibliographic; Diagnosis; Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures; Editorial Policies; Evidence-Based Medicine; Guidelines as Topic; Humans; Information Storage and Retrieval; MEDLINE; Periodicals as Topic|
BACKGROUND: STAndards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy (STARD) were published in 2003 and endorsed by some journals but not others.
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the quality of indexing of diagnostic accuracy studies in MEDLINE and EMBASE has improved since the STARD statement was published.
DESIGN: Evaluate the change in the mean number of "accurate index terms" assigned to diagnostic accuracy studies, comparing STARD (endorsing) and non-STARD (non-endorsing) journals, for 2 years before and after STARD publication.
RESULTS: In MEDLINE, no differences in indexing quality were found for STARD and non-STARD journals before or after the STARD statement was published in 2003. In EMBASE, indexing in STARD journals improved compared with non-STARD journals (p = 0.02). However, articles in STARD journals had half the number of accurate indexing terms as articles in non-STARD journals, both before and after STARD statement publication (p < 0.001).
|Alternate Journal||AMIA Annu Symp Proc|