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RE: st: Forest Plot

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Forest Plot
Date   Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:47:43 -0000

I think

findit forest plot

is the correct spelling. A forest plot is so called because the
bottom-line summary confidence interval is like a forest, and the
individual study confidence intervals are like the individual trees. It
is not named after a "Professor Forrest".

If Sripal wants to create a customized Stata format for forest plots,
then 2 useful tools might be -metaparm- (part of the -parmest- package)
and -eclplot-. The -parmest- and -eclplot- packages are both
downloadable from SSC using the -ssc- command. An example of a forest
plot produced using -metaparm- can be viewed in the presentation of
Newson (2006). The presentation, and the do-file to produce this forest
plot, can be downloaded from my website at

I hope this helps.



Newson R. Resultssets, resultsspreadsheets and resultsplots in Stata.
Presented at the 4th German Stata User Meeting, 31 March, 2006.
Download from

Roger B Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
Web page:
Departmental Web page:

Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Maarten buis
Sent: 19 March 2008 09:44
Subject: Re: st: Forest Plot

--- Sripal Kumar <> wrote:
> Is there a easier way to graph forest plots using stata for a
> meta-analysis.  

In Stata type: findit forrest plot

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

visiting address:
Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z434

+31 20 5986715

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