Chapter 3. Problems and Limitations in Conducting Systematic Reviews

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

Published Online: 17 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470693926.ch3

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., Dickersin, K. and Smith, G. D. (2001) Problems and Limitations in Conducting 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.ch3

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;
  • controlled clinical trials;
  • eligibility criteria;
  • systematic reviews;
  • general surgery

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • Summary points

  • Garbage in—garbage out?

  • The dissemination of research findings

  • Publication bias

  • Other reporting biases

  • The future of unbiased, systematic reviewing

  • Acknowledgements