Dr Eleanor Ochodo

Dr Eleanor Ochodo

South Africa

Stellenbosch University

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Work and Research

My research career gained traction during my PhD at the University of Amsterdam, which focused on improving methods for diagnosing diseases. My PhD work which I completed in 3.5 years resulted in 11 publications, 6 of which are in in high impact journals. One key PhD publication "Spin in diagnostic accuracy studies" has garnered 33 citations in 2 years. Spin is a phenomena where authors distort or over interpret their study findings t o make them more favorable than they really are.

Fields Of Expertise

Diagnostic Test Accuracy

Research Profiles

My contribution to science and its impact on society

To advance science, I have conducted research in methods for diagnosing diseases and in evidence-based health care. To date I have 18 scientific publications of which 10 have been published in journals with high impact factors. I was also involved as the leading author in conducting two systematic reviews to estimate the accuracy of point of care tests for HIV for the World Health Organization. The results of this work were used to inform revision of the WHO HIV guidelines in 2015. I serve as a member of the group involved in revising the Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy (STARD). This reporting guideline aims to assist researchers effectively report findings from their studies on diagnostic tests. Poor reporting of studies inhibits effective decision making on which interventions to implement in practice.