Statistics review 13: receiver operating characteristic curves

Crit Care. 2004 Dec;8(6):508-12. doi: 10.1186/cc3000. Epub 2004 Nov 4.


This review introduces some commonly used methods for assessing the performance of a diagnostic test. The sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratio of a test are discussed. The uses of the receiver operating characteristic curve and the area under the curve are explained.

MeSH terms

  • Area Under Curve
  • Computer Graphics
  • Diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Models, Statistical*
  • Probability
  • ROC Curve
  • Sensitivity and Specificity*