Principles of metaanalysis

Paul G. Shekelle, Sally C. Morton

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Metaanalysis is a relatively new tool to help make evidence based decisions. This technique involves the systematic examination of available evidence on a given clinical topic, and the summary of that evidence using statistical techniques that pool data from multiple studies to yield a single result. We briefly discuss the principal steps in a metaanalysis: identifying all the studies; assessing the studies for quality; organizing the studies into subgroups; and summarizing the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-253
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Metaanalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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