A note on graphical presentation of estimated odds ratios from several clinical trials

Stat Med. 1988 Aug;7(8):889-94. doi: 10.1002/sim.4780070807.


To display a number of estimates of a parameter obtained from different studies it is common practice to plot a sequence of confidence intervals. This can be useful but is often unsatisfactory. An alternative display is suggested which represents intervals as points on a bivariate graph, and which has advantages. When the data are estimates of odds ratios from studies with a binary response, it is argued that for either type of plot, a log scale should be used rather than a linear scale.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic / methods*
  • Data Display
  • Probability
  • Statistics as Topic*