What if the sensitivity or specificity is also not reported?
Data extraction tips for meta-analysis
Here’s a tip…
The sensitivity and specificity can be calculated from other statistics.
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My next set of tips will focus on some common data extraction problems in prognostic studies. This will involve data being log-transformed so, in preparation, I’ll be posting some notes next week on logarithms and log-transformations.
Dr Kathy Taylor teaches data extraction in Meta-analysis. This is a short course that is also available as part of our MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care, MSc in EBHC Medical Statistics, and MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews.
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