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Book Review

  • Ariel M. AloeEmail author
  • Bernd Weiss
Book Review

D.-G. CHEN, & K. E. PEACE. (2013) Applied Meta-Analysis with R. Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall/CRC. 342 pages. $89.95. ISBN: 978-1466505995

Meta-analysis is a powerful technique for synthesizing research in many fields (health and social disciplines alike). Findings from meta-analyses often have implications for future practice, policy, and research (Chalmers, Hedges, & Cooper, 2002). Although Pearson (1904) is credited with what was possibly the first meta-analysis, the term meta-analysis was coined by Glass (1976, p. 3) to refer to “the statistical analysis of a large collection of analysis results from individual studies for the purposes of integrating findings.” Originally, the terms meta-analysis and systematic review were used interchangeably. More recently, however, the term meta-analysis has been used to refer to the statistical aspects of a systematic review. Thus, not every systematic review includes a meta-analysis.

While many excellent general purpose books cover methods for...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA
  2. 2.University of CologneCologneGermany

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