Kaiser, I.; Mathes, S.; Pfahlberg, A.B.; Uter, W.; Berking, C.; Heppt, M.V.; Steeb, T.; Diehl, K.; Gefeller, O. Using the Prediction Model Risk of Bias Assessment Tool (PROBAST) to Evaluate Melanoma Prediction Studies. Cancers2022, 14, 3033.
Kaiser, I.; Mathes, S.; Pfahlberg, A.B.; Uter, W.; Berking, C.; Heppt, M.V.; Steeb, T.; Diehl, K.; Gefeller, O. Using the Prediction Model Risk of Bias Assessment Tool (PROBAST) to Evaluate Melanoma Prediction Studies. Cancers 2022, 14, 3033.
Rising incidences of cutaneous melanoma have fueled the development of statistical models that predict the individual melanoma risk. Our aim was to assess the validity of published prediction models for incident cutaneous melanoma using a standardized procedure based on PROBAST (Prediction model Risk Of Bias ASsessment Tool). We included studies that were identified by a recent systematic review and updated the literature search to ensure that our PROBAST rating included all relevant studies. Six reviewers assessed the risk of bias (ROB) for each study using the published “PROBAST Assessment Form” that consists of four domains and an overall rating of ROB. We further examined a temporal effect regarding changes in overall and domain-specific ROB rating distributions. Altogether 42 studies were assessed, of which a vast majority (n=34; 81%) was rated as having high ROB. Only one study was judged as having low ROB. The main reasons for high ROB ratings were the use of hospital controls in case-control studies and the omission of any validation of prediction models. However, our results of the temporal analysis showed a significant reduction in the number of studies with high ROB for the domain analysis. Nevertheless, the evidence base of high-quality studies that can be used to draw conclusions on the prediction of incident cutaneous melanoma is currently much weaker than the high number of studies on this topic would suggest.
risk prediction; prediction models; risk of bias; PROBAST; melanoma
MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Oncology & Oncogenics
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