Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

ISBN-10: 0195326547
ISBN-13: 9780195326543
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/13/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

When used in tandem, systematic reviews and meta-analysis-- two distinct but highly compatible approaches to research synthesis-- form a powerful, scientific approach to analyzing previous studies. But to see their full potential, a social work researcher must be versed in the foundational processes underlying them. This pocket guide to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis illuminates precisely that practical groundwork. In clear, step-by-step terms, the authors explain how to format topics, locate and screen studies, extract and assess data, pool effect sizes, determine bias, and interpret the results, showing readers how to combine reviewing and meta-analysis correctly and effectively. Each chapter contains vivid social work examples and concludes with a concise summary and notes on further reading, while the book's glossary and handy checklists and sample search and data extraction forms maximize the boo'ks usefulness. Highlighting the concepts necessary to understand, critique, and conduct research synthesis, this brief and highly readable introduction is a terrific resource for students and researchers alike.

Introduction
Formulating a Topic and Developing a Protocol
Locating and Screening Studies
Data Extraction and Study Quality Assessment
Effect Size Metrics and Pooling Methods
Assessing Bias and Variations in Effects
Conclusions
Appendices
AMSTAR (for assessment of multiple systematic reviews)
Software for Meta-Analysis
Suggested Outline for Reporting Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Sample Search Strategy
Sample Data Extraction Forms
Glossary
References
Index

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