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Table 1 Time to publication: association with dichotomized accuracy estimates

From: Time to publication among completed diagnostic accuracy studies: associated with reported accuracy estimates

   Time from completion to publicationa Time from completion to submissionb Time from submission to publicationc
  Studies
n (%)
Months
Median (IQR)
p-value Studies
n (%)
Months
Median (IQR)
p-value Studies
n (%)
Days
Median (IQR)
p-value
Overall 471 (100 %) 24 (16–35)   330 (100 %) 14 (7–25)   520 (100 %) 238 (177–329)  
Sensitivityd          
  <0.875 226 (48 %) 25 (16–39) 0.046 149 (45 %) 16 (7–30) 0.037 225 (43 %) 240 (176–324) 0.755
  ≥0.875 239 (51 %) 23 (15–32)   179 (54 %) 13 (7–22)   293 (56 %) 238 (183–335)  
Specificitye          
  <0.899 209 (44 %) 27 (18–38) 0.001 152 (46 %) 17 (9–30) 0.001 262 (50 %) 238 (176–317) 0.494
  ≥0.899 250 (53 %) 22 (15–31)   173 (52 %) 12 (6–22)   252 (48 %) 238 (180–332)  
Youden’s indexf          
  <0.684 225 (48 %) 27 (18–39) <0.001 157 (48 %) 17 (10–30) <0.001 245 (47 %) 235 (176–321) 0.251
  ≥0.684 230 (49 %) 22 (14–31)   166 (50 %) 11 (6–21)   267 (51 %) 244 (180–332)  
  1. Median times missing for: a285, b426, and c236 of 756 included studies
  2. dSensitivity, eSpecificity, and fYouden’s index missing for 7, 14 and 18 of 756 included studies, respectively