Some statistical methods for combining experimental results

Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 1990;6(1):5-30. doi: 10.1017/s0266462300008916.


Advances in science and technology are generally the product of multiple investigations. This article discusses statistical methods for combining empirical results from a series of different experiments or clinical investigations. We delineate the steps an assessor might take in combining data from different studies and provide references for topics not discussed in detail. The article reviews some of the most commonly used statistical techniques for combining results in the medical and social sciences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Humans
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic*
  • Methods
  • Models, Statistical
  • Odds Ratio
  • Research Design*
  • Risk Factors
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical*