Meta-Analysis in Psychiatry Research: Fundamental and Advanced Methods
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Comment from the Stata technical group
Though originally written for researchers in Psychiatry, Meta-Analysis in Psychiatry Research, by M. B. Hanji, is a valuable resource for anybody interested in meta analysis.
The book starts by introducing the scope, history, and characteristics of these techniques. Then, there are several chapters dedicated to discussing every stage of the meta-analysis research, from forming a relevant question, criteria, and strategies to find and select studies, to applying different techniques, interpreting results, and even reporting the findings.
After describing several techniques for pooling different kinds of statistics such as means, odds ratios, or risk ratios, and for visualizing data and results via graphs such as funnel and forest plots, the book shows how to implement these techniques using several community-contributed commands in Stata.
The appendix shows a meta-analysis on the prevalence of schizophrenia in India, discussing every step of the study and showing graphs and results.
Most of the book is organized in small sub-sections in which the reader can easily find the information for each stage of the research.
Table of contents
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List of Abbreviations
2. Protocol Writing for Meta-Analysis Study
3. Formulation of Research Problem
4. Location and Selection of Studies
5. Quality Assessment of Selected Studies
6. Effect Sizes of Primary Studies
7. Preparation of Meta-Analysis Master Sheet
8. Meta-Analysis Plots
9. Meta-Analysis of Two Studies
10. Methods for Pooling Estimates: Fixed Effects Model
11. Method for Pooling Estimates: Random Effects Model
12. Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis
13. Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies
14. Additional Meta-Analysis Techniques
15. Reporting Meta-Analysis Results
16. Implications of Results of Meta-Analysis
17. Meta-Analysis Software
18. Running Meta-Analysis Using Stata
Appendix I: Numerical Demonstration: Meta-Analytical Approach to Estimate Prevalence of Schizophrenia in India