Designed to provide researchers clear and informative insight into techniques of meta-analysis, the Third Edition of Methods of Meta-Analysis: Correcting Error and Bias in Research Findings is the most comprehensive text on meta-analysis available today. It is the only book that presents a full and usable treatment of the role of study artifacts in distorting study results, as well as methods for correcting results for such biases and errors.
Chapter 11: Different Methods of Meta-Analysis and Related Software
Different Methods of Meta-Analysis and Related Software
This chapter presents and discusses 11 different methods for integrating study results across studies. These methods are presented and discussed in their approximate order of efficacy (from least to most efficacious) in extracting the information needed from the studies reviewed. Available computer programs for applying these methods are discussed at the end of this chapter.
The Traditional Narrative Review
The oldest procedure is the narrative review. The narrative review has been described as “literary,” “qualitative,” “nonquantitative,” and “verbal.” In this procedure, the reviewer takes the results reported in each study at face value and attempts to find an overarching theory that reconciles the findings. If there are few studies to be interpreted, this integration might be feasible. If the ...