Evaluating sensitivity and specificity of three diagnostic tests when the “gold standard” is unavailable,

BASSO, DARIO; Department Of Management And Engineering - University Of Padova, KATIA CAPELLO, CORAIN, LIVIO; Department Of Management And Engineering - University Of Padova & SALMASO, LUIGI; Department Of Management And Engineering - University Of Padova
In the context diagnostic tests may be assessed through indicators of diagnosis reliability called specificity and sensitivity. In practice, these indicators can be estimated only if a “gold standard” test is available, meaning that its diagnosis is the most reliable one available as to the prevalence of an illness in a population.Starting from a real case study related to cattle Q fever disease in small ruminants, the aim of this work is to determine which...