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Evidence Synthesis

This guide provides an introduction to evidence synthesis as it is understood in evidence-based practice. clinical research and healthcare policy arenas.

Quantitative Evidence Synthesis

A quantitative synthesis, or meta-analysis, uses statistical techniques to combine and analyze the results of multiple studies. The feasibility and sensibility of including a meta-analysis as part of your systematic review will depend on the data available.

Requirements for quantitative synthesis:

  • Clinical and methodological similarity between compared studies
  • Consistent study quality among compared studies
  • Statistical expertise from a review team member or consultant

What is Meta-Analysis