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Editor's Correspondence
March 2007

Comparing Apples to Oranges in Meta-analysis Studies

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007;9(2):139-140. doi:10.1001/archfaci.9.2.139-b

Correspondence: Dr Rhee, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, MCW Clinic at Froedtert West, 9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226 (jrhee@mcw.edu).

As an avid proponent of evidence-based medicine, I read with great interest the recent article by Leventhal et al.1 I laud the efforts of the authors for their diligent work in compiling much of the existing literature on this topic. However, I disagree with the authors in their methods, interpretation of the results, and the appropriateness of using meta-analysis for this group of studies.