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Royal Statistical Society to review evidence gap for Covid-19 tests

Working group will review ‘lack of statistical evidence’ and advise on ways to fix this

The Royal Statistical Society has launched a working group to “review lack of statistical evidence on diagnostics tests” for infectious disease such as Covid-19, and to advise on the development of such evidence.

The RSS Working Group on Diagnostic Tests was created by the learned society in response to concerns about the lack of statistical evidence on the clinical and analytical performance of a number of diagnostic tests—including the polymerase chain reaction test, which is used widely across the UK to detect the virus.

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