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By:
Matthias Egger, George Davey Smith, and Douglas G. Altman (editors)
Publisher: BMJ Books
Copyright: 2001
ISBN-13: 978-0-7279-1488-0
Pages: 487; hardcover
Price: $104.75
By:
Matthias Egger, George Davey Smith, and Douglas G. Altman (editors)
Publisher: BMJ Books
Copyright: 2001
ISBN-13:
Pages: 487; eBook
Price: $0.00
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Comment from the Stata technical group

Meta-analysis as a statistical and scientific tool has grown immensely in popularity over the last decade as a way to systematically present new research results in the proper context, given all previous related work. This text is a collection of articles that serve to educate the reader on all the relevant terminology and to bring the reader up to speed on the continuously growing methodology in meta-analysis. By using methods of meta-analysis, researchers may decrease bias and increase the precision of their treatment effects, thus reducing the probability of type I and type II errors and, in the process, making more timely the acceptance of new treatments.

The text begins with some history behind the rise in popularity of meta-analysis and a glossary of the relevant terminology, and then it proceeds with several chapters of contributed articles concerned primarily with detecting and eliminating bias in systematic reviews. The next part of the text deals with analyzing variability within and between studies, followed by three chapters on the importance of systematic reviews. Computer software (in particular a chapter on meta-analysis in Stata) is covered next, followed by several contributed articles on the use of systematic reviews in practice. The book then closes with a status report on the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization of health-care professionals, physicians, researchers, and consumers devoted to maintaining and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews.

Stata datasets and additional materials used in the text are available from the book’s website: www.systematicreviews.com.

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