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Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis: Tips for Getting Started: Data Extraction

This quick guide is a brief outline of steps to follow when creating a systematic review or a meta-analysis.

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Data Extraction

Data extraction:

  • done by more than one person
  • verification of extracted data
  • done by subject experts, methodologists, or both?
  • training of coding instructions for forms
  • how data will be extracted from multiple reports of the same study
  • how disagreements will be handled


5. Selecting studies and collecting data.  (2008).  In J. Higgins & S. Green (Eds.),  Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews of interventions.  Chichester, England: Wiley-Blackwell

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