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Evidence-based practice in nephrology: systematic reviews.

Authors
  • Samuel, Joyce
  • Samuels, Joshua
Type
Published Article
Journal
Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Publisher
Elsevier - WB Saunders
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
19
Issue
1
Pages
34–39
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1053/j.ackd.2012.01.002
PMID: 22364799
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A systematic review, the careful search and comprehensive analysis of all available data on a particular clinical question, is a useful tool for the busy clinician seeking to practice evidence-based medicine. When performed appropriately, they can provide a concise overview of the available literature. Meta-analysis is a method of mathematically combining the results of multiple individual studies, and it must be done in the setting of conceptual and statistical homogeneity. However, as with all forms of research, one must become familiar with the strengths and drawbacks of this type of evidence to critically appraise its validity.

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