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Meta-Analysis: Putting It All Together

J. H. Abramson and Z. H. Abramson

in Making Sense of Data

Third edition

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145250
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864775 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145250.003.0006
Meta-Analysis: Putting It All Together

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The exercises in this section deal with meta-analyses. They cover the precautions to be taken when reviewing the results of a set of studies and when appraising published meta-analyses and deciding whether and how to use their results. Specific topics include the scope and advantages of meta-analysis, measures used in meta-analysis, methods of finding and selecting relevant studies and of extracting their findings, publication bias, the appraisal of study quality, the appraisal of combinability, effect modification and other explanations for disparities between study results, and the appraisal of the quality of a meta-analysis. A self-test concludes the section.

Keywords: meta-analysis; publication bias; heterogeneity; relevant studies; study quality

Chapter.  24058 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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