volume 23, issue 2, P211-224 2009
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.01.011
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Evelina Tacconelli, Maria A. Cataldo

Abstract: Systematic review and meta-analysis are assuming greater importance in influencing policy makers and clinical opinion worldwide. Many discussions and publications have considered the merits of meta-analysis of epidemiologic data.50 Some observers suggest that meta-analysis of observational studies should be abandoned altogether. 51 In the authors' opinion, statistical combination of observational studies should not be a primary goal of a review. Analysis of heterogeneity between longitudinal studies, however, …

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