Research Paper | Biotechnology | India | Volume 9 Issue 3, March 2020
Meta-Analysis: A Higher Quality of Evidence in Clinical Research Pyramid
Dr. Sonal Jain
Meta-analysis is a statistical tool used to systematically and quantitatively estimate the pooled effect of earlierindividual research studies to obtain conclusions about that research subject. The outcomes from a meta-analysis are more precise estimate of the effect of treatment or risk factor for disease, than any individual study. One of the potential advantages of conducting meta-analysis is to obtain an accurate and quantitative review of a large, complex and generally controversial topic in literature. Meticulously conducted meta-analyses are potential tools in evidence-based medicine. The small clinical trials (small sample size) might have inconclusive results on individual basis however, while combining these trials met-analysis increases the statistical power and thus more precise estimate of effect size.Moreover, meta-analysis is also useful for exploring sources of publication bias and quantifying between-study heterogeneity.
Keywords: meta-analysis, systematic review, evidence-based medicine, effect size, forest plot, publication bias, heterogeneity
Edition: Volume 9 Issue 3, March 2020
Pages: 340 - 349
How to Cite this Article?
Dr. Sonal Jain, "Meta-Analysis: A Higher Quality of Evidence in Clinical Research Pyramid", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/search_index_results_paperid.php?id=SR20304213942, Volume 9 Issue 3, March 2020, 340 - 349
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