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April 2017

Meta-analyses Can Be Credible and Useful: A New Standard

Author Affiliations
  • 1Departments of Medicine and Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • 2Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford, Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(4):311-312. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0035

Carefully done meta-analyses constitute a major advance compared with expert opinion and nonsystematic attempts at summarizing, synthesizing, and integrating information. Meta-analyses serve many fields in summarizing an increasing stream of data and, for clinical purposes, streamlining information for decision making. However, there are flaws and caveats that threaten the validity and utility of meta-analyses.1

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