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BACKGROUND The question of which antipsychotic drug should be preferred for the treatment of schizophrenia is controversial, and conventional pairwise meta-analyses cannot provide a hierarchy based on the randomised evidence. We aimed to integrate the available evidence to create hierarchies of the comparative efficacy, risk of all-cause discontinuation,(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional meta-analyses have shown inconsistent results for efficacy of pharmacological treatments for acute mania. We did a multiple-treatments meta-analysis, which accounted for both direct and indirect comparisons, to assess the effects of all antimanic drugs. METHODS We systematically reviewed 68 randomised controlled trials (16,073(More)
BACKGROUND In a meta-analysis of trials with missing outcome data, a parameter known as informative missing odds ratio (IMOR) can be used to quantify the relationship between informative missingness and a binary outcome. IMORs also account for the increased uncertainty due to missingness in the meta-analysis results. PURPOSE To extend the idea of IMOR(More)
Missing outcome data is a major threat in meta-analytical studies of schizophrenia. Most clinical trials in psychiatry report only continuous outcome measures and express the effect of an intervention as a difference of means. However, these results are difficult to interpret for clinicians. Converting continuous data to binary response rates is one(More)
UNLABELLED Patient dropout is common in mental health trials. It is important to understand why patients drop out from trials, so that measures can be taken to minimize its occurrence. This research sought to identify trial characteristics that have an impact on premature discontinuation in antipsychotic trials for schizophrenia. METHODS Poisson(More)
This study evaluated the diagnostic value of D-dimer, CRP, and leucocytes count to detect an underlying pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with pneumonia. A predictive model of an underlying PE, based on laboratory markers and clinical symptoms, was our ultimate objective. Overall 100 patients underwent a computed tomography angiography (CTA) of the lung:(More)
The gender gap: discrepant human T-cell reconstitution after cord blood stem cell transplantation in humanized female and male mice Several laboratories are exploring the use of humanized mice transplanted with human hematopoietic stem cells as in vivo models to evaluate the effects of new human vaccines and immune therapies on adaptive immune responses,(More)
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