Paul Montgomery and Matthew Morton

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:

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This article organizes a wide range of selected resources for understanding and executing meta-analyses. Meta-analysis refers to “statistical techniques used to analyse and synthesise results of multiple studies on the same topic” (see Introductory Works, Littell, et al. 2008, pp. 176). Although meta-analysis encompasses the statistical aspects of research synthesis, the process is situated within other processes involving the selection and inclusion of studies as well as the reporting and interpretation of results. In particular meta-analysis should generally be conducted within the context of a systematic review in order to ensure that the process of gathering and appraising data for meta-analysis is as credible and transparent as possible. Therefore this bibliography also provides resources related to bias, assessing study quality, unpublished data, and other nonquantitative aspects of research synthesis that have direct implications for meta-analysis.

Article.  6865 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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