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Principles and Practice of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

Editors: Patole, Sanjay (Ed.)

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  • Describes the principles and practice of systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and evidence-based medicine.
  • Explains the methodology of systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised, non-randomised, diagnostic test accuracy, and animal studies, as well as individual participant data meta-analysis and network meta-analysis.
  • Written by clinicians, this reader friendly book will help readers in developing skills for using systematic reviews and meta-analyses as the best source of evidence for guiding clinical practice and research.
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About this book

Evidence based medicine is at the core of modern medicine. It involves the integration of individual clinical expertise with the best available clinical evidence from systematic research and patient's values and expectations. Systematic reviews offer a summary of the best available evidence. They are the most reliable and comprehensive statement about what works. 

Written by clinical academics from Australia, UK, USA, and Switzerland, this contributed volume introduces the readers to the principles and practice of systematic reviews and meta-analysis. It covers the various steps involved in systematic reviews including development of a focused question and the strategy for conducting a comprehensive literature search, identifying studies addressing the underlying question, assessment of heterogeneity and the risk of bias in the included studies, data extraction, and the approach to meta-analysis. Crucial issues such as selecting the model for meta-analysis, generating and interpreting forest plots, assessing the risk of publication bias, cautions in the interpretation of subgroup and sensitivity analyses, rating certainty of the evidence using GRADE guideline, and standardized reporting of meta-analysis (PRISMA) are covered in detail. Every attempt is made to keep the narrative simple and clear. Mathematical formulae are avoided as much as possible. 

While the focus of this book is on systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials (RCTs), the gold standard of clinical research, the essentials of systematic reviews of non-RCTs, diagnostic test accuracy studies, animal studies, individual participant data meta-analysis, and network meta-analysis are also covered. 

Readers from all faculties of medicine will enjoy this comprehensive and reader friendly book to understand the principles and practice of systematic reviews and meta-analysis for guiding their clinical practice and research.

About the authors

Prof. Sanjay Patole: MD, FRACP, MSc, DrPH, Clinical Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at the School of Medicine, University of Western Australia. His main research interest includes nutrition for the preterm neonate, prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis, and evidence-based medicine. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers including 55 systematic reviews and meta-analyses to date, with over 4000 citations (Google Scholar). He is a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa).

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-71921-0
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Hardcover $159.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Principles and Practice of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
Editors
  • Sanjay Patole
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-71921-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-71921-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-71920-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 188
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 52 illustrations in colour
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