Cautionary tales in the interpretation of systematic reviews of therapy trials

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Abstract

This is the second in a series of articles emphasizing the cautions in the interpretation of health-care studies. Systematic reviews are presented as comprehensive, unbiased summaries of evidence and are often referred to by clinicians, guideline developers and health policy-makers. Their strengths and limitations, and how their results can be subject to bias and misinterpretation, are discussed.

Keywords: caution; clinical interpretation; systematic review

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1445-5994.2006.01140.x

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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