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Modern Meta-Analysis

Review and Update of Methodologies

  • Ton J. Cleophas
  • Aeilko H. Zwinderman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  29. Back Matter
    Pages 309-314

About this book

Introduction

Modern meta-analyses do more than combine the effect sizes of a series of similar studies. Meta-analyses are currently increasingly applied for any analysis beyond the primary analysis of studies, and for the analysis of big data. This 26-chapter book was written for nonmathematical professionals of medical and health care, in the first place, but, in addition, for anyone involved in any field involving scientific research. The authors have published over twenty innovative meta-analyses from the turn of the century till now. This edition will review the current state of the art, and will use for that purpose the methodological aspects of the authors' own publications, in addition to other relevant methodological issues from the literature.

Are there alternative works in the field? Yes, there are, particularly in the field of psychology. Psychologists have invented meta-analyses in 1970, and have continuously updated methodologies. Although very interesting, their work, just like the whole discipline of psychology, is rather explorative in nature, and so is their focus to meta-analysis. Then, there is the field of epidemiologists. Many of them are from the school of angry young men, who publish shocking news all the time, and JAMA and other publishers are happy to publish it. The reality is, of course, that things are usually not as bad as they seem. Finally, some textbooks, written by professional statisticians, tend to use software programs with miserable menu programs and requiring lots of syntax to be learnt. This is prohibitive to clinical and other health professionals.

 

The current edition is the first textbook in the field of meta-analysis entirely written by two clinical scientists, and it consists of many data examples and step by step analyses, mostly from the authors' own clinical research. 

 

Keywords

Meta-Analysis tetrachoric correlations linear contrast testing eigen vectors controlled trials diagnostic studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Ton J. Cleophas
    • 1
  • Aeilko H. Zwinderman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MedicineAlbert Schweitzer HospitalSliedrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsAcademic Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55895-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55894-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55895-0
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