Sutton, A. J., Abrams, K. R., Jones, D. R., Sheldon, T. A., & Song, F. (2000). Methods for meta-analysis in medical research. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Abstract With meta-analysis methods playing a crucial role in health research in recent years, this important and clearly-written book provides a much-needed survey of the field. Meta-analysis Read More

Lipsey, M., & Wilson, D. (2001). Practical meta-analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Abstract What research designs and methodological features qualify a study for meta-analysis and which disqualify it? What types of research reports are appropriate for the meta-analysis? What is the cultural and linguistic range of the studies to be included? By integrating and translating Read More

Whitehead, A. (2003). Meta-analysis of controlled clinical trial. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Abstract Over the last twenty years there has been a dramatic upsurge in the application of meta-analysis to medical research. This has mainly been due to greater emphasis on evidence-based medicine and the need for reliable summaries of the vast and Read More

Petticrew, M., & Roberts, H. (2006). Systematic reviews in the social sciences. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Abstract Such diverse thinkers as Lao-Tze, Confucius, and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have all pointed out that we need to be able to tell the difference between real and assumed knowledge. The systematic review is a scientific tool Read More

Higgins, J. P. T., & Green, S. (Eds.) (2008). Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews of interventions. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Abstract Healthcare providers, consumers, researchers and policy makers are inundated with unmanageable amounts of information, including evidence from healthcare research. It has become impossible for all to have the time and resources to Read More