Reporting Results

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

Reporting Results

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The published report of the results of a meta-analysis, decision analysis, or cost-effectiveness analysis is usually the only information about the study that is readily available to readers. Most readers do not have the technical expertise to identify all of the assumptions of the study. These methods are complex. For all of these reasons, the description of the study methods and procedures must be comprehensive, and the presentation of the study findings must be clear. This chapter describes the specific information that should be included in the published reports of systematic review and meta-analysis, decision analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis. The recommendations for reporting of cost-effectiveness analysis follow the published guidelines developed by others The chapter describes some of the graphical techniques that can be used to simplify the presentation of results of the studies that use these methods (forest plots, box plot, radial plot).

Keywords: systematic review; meta-analysis; decision analysis; decision tree; box plot; forest plot; radial plot

Chapter.  5586 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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