DiTA’s most accessed articles in 2021

In 2021, the Diagnostic Test Accuracy database (DiTA) was searched over 25,000 times by users in 147 countries.

Although DiTA contains more primary diagnostic test accuracy studies than systematic reviews of such studies, the most commonly accessed articles by DiTA users were primarily reviews. This means that many physiotherapists are using the most condensed forms of high-quality evidence to guide their practice. Reviews synthesise the results of all available studies about a particular diagnostic test for a specific health condition.

The top 10 articles accessed in DiTA during 2021 were:

  1. Hanchard NCA, et al. Physical tests for shoulder impingements and local lesions of bursa, tendon or labrum that may accompany impingement. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013;Issue 4. Read more on DiTA.
  2. van der Windt DAWN, et al. Physical examination for lumbar radiculopathy due to disc herniation in patients with low-back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2010;Issue 2. Read more on DiTA.
  3. Sleijser-Koehorst M, et al. Diagnostic accuracy of patient interview items and clinical tests for cervical radiculopathy. Physiotherapy 2021;111:74-82. Read more on DiTA.
  4. Gonzalez Espinosa de los Monteros F, et al. Use of Neurodynamic or Orthopedic Tension Tests for the diagnosis of lumbar and lumbosacral radiculopathies: study of the diagnostic validity. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020;17(19):26. Read more on DiTA.
  5. Struyf T, et al. Signs and symptoms to determine if a patient presenting in primary care or hospital outpatient settings has COVID-19. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2021;Issue 2. Read more on DiTA.
  6. Petersen T, et al. Clinical classification in low back pain: best-evidence diagnostic rules based on systematic reviews. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2017;18(1):188. Read more on DiTA.
  7. Karanasios S, et al. Diagnostic accuracy of examination tests for lateral elbow tendinopathy (LET): a systematic review. J Hand Ther 2021 Feb 27:Epub ahead of print. Read more on DiTA.
  8. Henschke N, et al. Red flags to screen for malignancy in patients with low-back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2013;Issue 2. Read more on DiTA.
  9. Saueressig T, et al. Diagnostic accuracy of clusters of pain provocation tests for detecting sacroiliac joint pain: systematic review with meta-analysis. J Orthop Sports Phys The 2021;51(9):422-31. Read more on DiTA.
  10. Tawa N, et al. Accuracy of clinical neurological examination in diagnosing lumbo-sacral radiculopathy: a systematic literature review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2017;18(93):Epub. Read more on DiTA.

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