A tool to assess the quality of a meta-analysis.

  title={A tool to assess the quality of a meta-analysis.},
  author={Julian P. T. Higgins and Peter W. Lane and Betsy Anagnostelis and Judith Anzures-Cabrera and Nigel F. Baker and Joseph C. Cappelleri and Scott Haughie and Sally Hollis and Stephanie C. Lewis and Patrick Moneuse and Anne Whitehead},
  journal={Research synthesis methods},
  volume={4 4},
BACKGROUND Because meta-analyses are increasingly prevalent and cited in the medical literature, it is important that tools are available to assess their methodological quality. When performing an empirical study of the quality of published meta-analyses, we found that existing tools did not place a strong emphasis on statistical and interpretational issues. METHODS We developed a quality-assessment tool using existing materials and expert judgment as a starting point, followed by multiple… CONTINUE READING
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