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To understand a meta-analysis, best read the fine print.
  • Kevin Greason
Kevin Greason
MAYO CLINIC
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Abstract

The results of a meta-analysis are more than just the reported odds ratio, 95% confidence interval, and P value. Of equal importance is the fine print of the study which should include assessment of risk of bias, certainty in evidence, and heterogeneity in the individual point estimates and confidence intervals. These areas all have influence on the quality of the data in the analysis. Reading and understanding the fine print is important.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

26 Sep 2021Submitted to Journal of Cardiac Surgery
27 Sep 2021Assigned to Editor
27 Sep 2021Submission Checks Completed
27 Sep 2021Editorial Decision: Accept