Consultation with experts and Case Studies

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.

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