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Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis: Tips for Getting Started: Analyze Data and Report Results

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

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Analyze Data and Report Results

Narrative: summary and discussion of findings

Quantitative: meta-analysis which can provide more precise estimates of effects (4)

Forest plots: graphically present results of meta-analysis (4)

Consult: Cochrane Handbook about "Summary of Findings" tables (6)

Consult: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA)


2. Haase, S.  (2011).  Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 127(2), 955-966.  PMID: 21285802

4. Sambunjak, D., & Franic, M.  (2012).  Steps in the undertaking of a systematic review in orthopaedic surgery.  International Orthopaedics, 36(3), 477-84.

6. Presenting results and 'Summary of findings' tables.  (2008).  In J. Higgins & S. Green (Eds.), Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews of interventions.  Chichester, England: Wiley-Blackwell

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