Diana B. Petitti

in Meta-Analysis, Decision Analysis, and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Second edition

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780195133646
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863761 | DOI:

Series: Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics


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This introductory chapter describes the overall objective of the book, which is to show how synthesis methods can be used to meet the challenge of making optimal use of existing information in making policy and in clinical decision-making. It presents three problems that illustrate the need for methods of synthesis. It describes the history of the application of the three methods in medicine. Examples of how the methods can be used together to address comprehensively a medical problem are provided. Finally, the chapter describes the overall organization of the book, thus permitting those with an interest in one but not all three of the methods to focus their attention appropriately.

Keywords: systematic review; meta-analysis; decision analysis; cost-effectiveness analysis; synthesis; history

Chapter.  4272 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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