4. Meta-Analysis Using Bayesian Methods

  1. Nicky J. Welton1,
  2. Alexander J. Sutton2,
  3. Nicola J. Cooper2,
  4. Keith R. Abrams2 and
  5. A.E. Ades1

Published Online: 3 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119942986.ch4

Evidence Synthesis for Decision Making in Healthcare

Evidence Synthesis for Decision Making in Healthcare

How to Cite

Welton, N. J., Sutton, A. J., Cooper, N. J., Abrams, K. R. and Ades, A.E. (2012) Meta-Analysis Using Bayesian Methods, in Evidence Synthesis for Decision Making in Healthcare, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119942986.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470061091

Online ISBN: 9781119942986



  • meta-analysis using Bayesian methods;
  • statistical synthesis, accepted approach;
  • meta-analytic models, informing decision models;
  • modelling in meta-analysis, and WinBUGS;
  • Fixed Effect model, restrictive;
  • Random Effects model;
  • predictive distribution, and WinBUGS code;
  • Random Effects model on OR scale, and Binomial likelihood;
  • random, meta-analysis, shrunken estimates plotted;
  • publication bias, analysis biased


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Fixed Effect model

  • Random Effects model

  • Publication bias

  • Study validity

  • Summary key points

  • Further reading

  • Exercises

  • References