Diagnostic tests for oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders in patients presenting with clinically evident lesions

Joseph L.Y. Liu, Tanya Walsh, Alexander R. Kerr, Mark Lingen, Paul Brocklehurst, Graham Ogden, Saman Warnakulasuriya, Crispian Scully

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    The objectives are as follows:

    To estimate the accuracy of index tests for the detection of oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders of the lip and oral cavity in patients presenting with clinically evident lesions.

    To estimate the relative accuracy of the different tests.

    We will use meta-regression to explore possible sources of heterogeneity. Covariates in these analyses will include:

    • characteristics of the study sample: prevalence of the disease in the study, the type of specialist (e.g. frontline clinicians, specialists and ’super-specialists’, i.e. those who see surveillance populations), setting (country, type of facility), proportion of human papillomavirus positive adults, tobacco users/high alcohol consumption; and
    • target conditions: the nature of target conditions included.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberCD010276
    Number of pages19
    JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012



    • Diagnostic accuracy
    • oral cancer
    • Potentially malignant disorders
    • clinically evident lesions
    • Cochrane systematic review
    • Protocol

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