An introduction to meta-analysis

Thursday, 9 July 2015 (Melbourne City Centre)             9:00 am to 12:30 pm

This workshop will discuss the key concepts of a Meta-Analysis. No prior knowledge of conducting a Meta-Analysis is expected. However, prior knowledge and understanding of systematic reviews and the following statistical concepts is essential:  types of study designs, power and sample size, effect sizes, standard errors and confidence intervals.

The questions that will be covered during the workshop include:

What are the goals of a meta-analysis and when should one be conducted?
What are the differences between fixed-effect vs. random-effects analyses?
What are the types of heterogeneity that we need to be aware of?
What is publication bias?
What are funnel plots?
How to interpret the output from a meta-analysis?
What are Forest Plots and how are they used?
What are possible criticisms of a meta-analysis?

Effect sizes and treatment effects will be shown through the use of examples from a range of statistical software programs. Access to these statistical software programs and their add-on packages will also be discussed.

Who should attend?

PhD students, PhD supervisors an early career researchers within the Faculty of Health with an interest in Meta-Analysis and are not sure where to start.

Presented by

Steven Bowe PhD M Med Stats B Ed(maths), Senior Researcher Biostatistics

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