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Practical and updated guidelines on performing meta-analyses of non-randomized studies in interventional cardiology

Eliano Pio Navarese, Marek Koziński, Teodosio Pafundi, Felicita Andreotti, Antonino Buffon, Stefano De Servi, Jacek Kubica
Cardiol J 2011;18(1):3-7.

open access

Vol 18, No 1 (2011)
Review articles
Published online: 2011-02-08
Submitted: 2013-01-14

Abstract

The use of meta-analysis in medicine is widespread nowadays, particularly in the field of interventional cardiology. Meta-analysis is a statistical approach aiming to combine date from a large number of patients from randomized clinical studies and/or non-randomized registries so as to obtain a pooled estimate of the results and to answer specific research questions. It is important to take the correct methodological approach in order to reach unbiased conclusions. In this article, we provide an updated review of the methodological approaches needed to perform meta-analyses of non-randomized data, and we suggest a simplified check-list of items to be considered when attempting to deploy this kind of meta-analysis. (Cardiol J 2011; 18, 1: 3-7)

Abstract

The use of meta-analysis in medicine is widespread nowadays, particularly in the field of interventional cardiology. Meta-analysis is a statistical approach aiming to combine date from a large number of patients from randomized clinical studies and/or non-randomized registries so as to obtain a pooled estimate of the results and to answer specific research questions. It is important to take the correct methodological approach in order to reach unbiased conclusions. In this article, we provide an updated review of the methodological approaches needed to perform meta-analyses of non-randomized data, and we suggest a simplified check-list of items to be considered when attempting to deploy this kind of meta-analysis. (Cardiol J 2011; 18, 1: 3-7)
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Keywords

meta-analysis; non-randomized studies; interventional cardiology

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Title

Practical and updated guidelines on performing meta-analyses of non-randomized studies in interventional cardiology

Journal

Cardiology Journal

Issue

Vol 18, No 1 (2011)

Pages

3-7

Published online

2011-02-08

Bibliographic record

Cardiol J 2011;18(1):3-7.

Keywords

meta-analysis
non-randomized studies
interventional cardiology

Authors

Eliano Pio Navarese
Marek Koziński
Teodosio Pafundi
Felicita Andreotti
Antonino Buffon
Stefano De Servi
Jacek Kubica

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