Chapter 2. Principles of and Procedures for Systematic Reviews

  1. Matthias Egger1,
  2. George Davey Smith2 and
  3. Douglas G Altman3
  1. Matthias Egger and
  2. George Davey Smith

Published Online: 17 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470693926.ch2

Systematic Reviews in Health Care: Meta-Analysis in Context, Second Edition

Systematic Reviews in Health Care: Meta-Analysis in Context, Second Edition

How to Cite

Egger, M. and Smith, G. D. (2001) Principles of and Procedures for Systematic Reviews, in Systematic Reviews in Health Care: Meta-Analysis in Context, Second Edition (eds M. Egger, G. D. Smith and D. G. Altman), BMJ Publishing Group, London, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470693926.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Division of Health Services, Research and MRC Health Services Research Collaboration, Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, UK

  2. 2

    Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Division of Epidemiology and MRC Health Services Research Collaboration, Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, UK

  3. 3

    Professor of Statistics in Medicine, ICRF Medical Statistics, Group, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727914880

Online ISBN: 9780470693926

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Keywords:

  • meta-analyses;
  • review protocol;
  • eligibility criteria;
  • monographs;
  • data extraction

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • Summary points

  • Developing a Review Protocol

  • Objectives and Eligibility Criteria

  • Literature Search

  • Selection of Studies, Assessment of Methodological Quality and Data Extraction

  • Presenting, Combining and Interpreting Results

  • Standardised Outcome Measure

  • Graphical Display

  • Heterogeneity Between Study Results

  • Methods for Estimating a Combined Effect Estimate

  • Bayesian Meta—Analysis

  • Sensitivity Analysis

  • Relative or Absolute Measures of Effect'

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements