16.10 - Summary

In this lesson, among other things, we learned how to:

  • describe the processes for conducting a systematic overview,
  • describe how publication bias can affect the results of a systematic review,
  • recognize patterns in a ‘funnel plot’ that would indicate potential publication bias,
  • evaluate the quality of a clinical report with the Jaded scale,
  • recognize the appropriate use of a fixed effects model vs. a random effects model for a meta-analysis, stating how the weights differ between the fixed and random approaches,
  • describe the rationale for a test of heterogeneity among the studies used in a meta-analysis, and
  • describe methods for performing a sensitivity analysis of the meta-analysis.