Consultation with experts and Case Studies
The objective of this component will be to:
- explore current practice;
- develop an initial consensus on the factors that should influence the decision to conduct meta-analysis, and to produce definitions and thresholds for these factord;
- determine through case studies of completed reviews whether meta-analysis was indeed feasible in some cases and if so, what it would have added to the review and whether the conclusion would have changed; and
- determine whether meta-analysis is used appropriately and in what situations; and to explore researchers’ reasons for the adoption of non-meta-analytic approaches.