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STATISTICS WITHOUT TEARS
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-63

Meta-Analysis - Resolving the doctor's dillemma?


1 (Resident), Department of Community Medicine, Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune-411018, India
2 (Professor), Department of Community Medicine, Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune -411018, India
3 Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry & Allied Sciences, Kanke, Ranchi -834006, India

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H Pandve
(Resident), Department of Community Medicine, Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune-411018
India
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Clinical trials often yield inconclusive or inconsistent results because of their small sample size leading to the proverbial "Doctor's Dilemma." Against this backdrop, the rapidly evolving statistical tool of meta-analysis has been discussed. The steps of meta-analysis have been enumerated sparing statistical details as far as possible. The advantages as well as the pitfalls of meta-analysis have been reviewed together with some ways of overcoming them.


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