Information Retrieval

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

Information Retrieval

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This chapter explains how to conduct a comprehensive and exhaustive search for the information that will be used in a systematic review, decision analysis, or cost-effectiveness analysis. An overall strategy is first described followed by a description of computerized searches of MEDLINE. Limitations of computerized searches are identified. The chapter defines publication bias and how publication bias can be avoided and detected. The funnel plot as a way to detect publication bias is described and then critically evaluated.

Keywords: MEDLINE; publication bias; funnel plot; file drawer problem

Chapter.  9274 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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