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. 2014 Sep 25;36:e2014019.
doi: 10.4178/epih/e2014019. eCollection 2014.

Meta-epidemiology

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Meta-epidemiology

Jong-Myon Bae. Epidemiol Health. .
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Abstract

The concept of meta-epidemiology has been introduced with considering the methodological limitations of systematic review for intervention trials. The paradigm of meta-epidemiology has shifted from a statistical method into a new methodology to close gaps between evidence and practice. Main interest of meta-epidemiology is to control potential biases in previous quantitative systematic reviews and draw appropriate evidences for establishing evidence-base guidelines. Nowadays, the network meta-epidemiology was suggested in order to overcome some limitations of meta-epidemiology. To activate meta-epidemiologic studies, implementation of tools for risk of bias and reporting guidelines such as the Consolidated Standards for Reporting Trials (CONSORT) should be done.

Keywords: Bias; Epidemiology; Meta-analysis as topic; Review literature as topic.

Conflict of interest statement

The author has no conflicts of interest to declare for this study.

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