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Meta-Analysis, Decision Analysis, and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Diana B. Petitti


This book is an introduction to three methods of quantitative synthesis—meta-analysis, decision analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis. These methods are used widely to summarize information in order to guide the formulation of clinical recommendations and guidelines, and in clinical decision-making and health policy. The book gives step-by-step instructions on how to conduct studies that use each of the three methods, emphasizing the need for rigor. Important controversies about the statistical and mathematical theories that underlie the methods are highlighted, and key assumptions are ide ... More

Keywords: synthesis, systematic review, meta-analysis, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, decision-making, guidelines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195133646
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133646.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana B. Petitti, author
Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program