Meta-Analysis / Systematic Review

What are meta-analyses and systematic reviews and why are they important?

Key Points

  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis are tools used to provide up-to-date information comparing medical or scientific interventions, standards of practice, and more, to provide higher levels of evidence tailored for clinical use.
  • Cochrane Library and Campbell Collaboration are the recognized bodies who are involved in training, synthesis and database of systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • Before writing systematic review and meta-analysis, one should understand the prerequisites, should be adequately trained, and work as a team. 

Helpful Links, Videos and Online Courses



  • What are systematic reviews?
    • A short, 3-minute video from Cochrane explaining the basics of systematic reviews, and how interventions are compared to determine efficacy.

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