Indian Journal of Dermatology
IJD® MODULE ON BIOSTATISTICS AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR THE DERMATOLOGIST - MODULE EDITOR: SAUMYA PANDA
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 602--607

Methodology series module 6: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis


Maninder Singh Setia 
 Epidemiologist, MGM Institute of Health Sciences, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Maninder Singh Setia
MGM Institute of Health Sciences, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
India

Systematic reviews and meta-analysis have become an important of biomedical literature, and they provide the «DQ»highest level of evidence«DQ» for various clinical questions. There are a lot of studies - sometimes with contradictory conclusions - on a particular topic in literature. Hence, as a clinician, which results will you believe? What will you tell your patient? Which drug is better? A systematic review or a meta-analysis may help us answer these questions. In addition, it may also help us understand the quality of the articles in literature or the type of studies that have been conducted and published (example, randomized trials or observational studies). The first step it to identify a research question for systematic review or meta-analysis. The next step is to identify the articles that will be included in the study. This will be done by searching various databases; it is important that the researcher should search for articles in more than one database. It will also be useful to form a group of researchers and statisticians that have expertise in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis before initiating them. We strongly encourage the readers to register their proposed review/meta-analysis with PROSPERO. Finally, these studies should be reported according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis checklist.


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Setia MS. Methodology series module 6: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis.Indian J Dermatol 2016;61:602-607


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Setia MS. Methodology series module 6: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Feb 1 ];61:602-607
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