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Meta-analysis. A useful tool for the spine researcher.

Authors
  • Haselkorn, J K1
  • Turner, J A
  • Diehr, P K
  • Ciol, M A
  • Deyo, R A
  • 1 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Spine
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Sep 15, 1994
Volume
19
Issue
18 Suppl
Identifiers
PMID: 7801186
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Meta-analysis is a systematic and objective methodology for synthesizing research literature. The authors present the history and definition of meta-analysis, discuss the generic framework for design and implementation of a meta-analysis, and review the problems and pitfalls that can accompany meta-analyses. Their discussion draws on practical experience with several meta-analyses of the low back pain literature. Meta-analysis can be used to help answer the questions about various options for diagnosis and treatment of low back problems and also to point out gaps in our knowledge base that may have a high priority for research. Meta-analytic methods are an informative means of addressing health care controversies with major patient management and cost implications.

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