StATS: Quality of published research (March 14, 2005) Category: Systematic overviews

One of the big advantages of meta-analysis is that it allows you to review a series of publications in an area to see if there are any gaps or quality shortfalls. While I was doing a few PubMed searches, I found eight articles co-authored by LL Kjaergard that showed how this works in a variety of different areas.

The classic reference that I commonly cite in my training classes is

which documented problems with selecting the wrong patients, not studying enough of them, not studying them long  enough and not measuring them properly.

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