Systematic reviews using individual patient data: a map for the minefields?

@article{Clarke1998SystematicRU,
  title={Systematic reviews using individual patient data: a map for the minefields?},
  author={Mike Clarke and John Godwin},
  journal={Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology},
  year={1998},
  volume={9 8},
  pages={827-33}
}
An earlier paper in this series showed why systematic reviews are more reliable than other forms of review, such as the narrative commentary [1]. This paper takes this further by examining why systematic reviews which use individual patient data (IPD) are regarded as more reliable than other forms of systematic review [2]. It illustrates how the IPD approach can help achieve the ultimate aim of any systematic review of randomised controlled trials: the inclusion of all randomised patients in… CONTINUE READING