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Bossuyt PM, Leeflang MM. Chapter 6: Developing Criteria for Including Studies. In: Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy. Version 0.4 updated September 2008. The Cochrane Collaboration; 2008

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The benchmark against which the performance of other tests, procedures or investigations are compared.

Note 1: Synonyms include “gold standard”.