Meta-Analysis, Decision Analysis, and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Methods for Quantitative Synthesis in Medicine (Monographs in Epidemiology and)
|Author:||Diana B. Petitti|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
When formulating policy recommendations in medicine, the need for a synthesis of information to evaluate effectiveness and costs is irrefutable. This book describes meta-analysis, decision analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis as conceptually related, quantitative methods for combining information to arrive at a summary conclusion. The information derived from appropriate use of these methods would foster rational decision-making based on systematic use of the information we already have. The book describes how to design and conduct these three types of studies and how to interpret their results. It presents sufficient detail on the practical aspects of the application of the methods so that even a novice could do a simple analysis knowing little more than what is in the book. Even those who do not plan to carry out these types of studies themselves will profit from more detailed ...
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