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The article contains some useful information on evaluating meta-analysis for rest of us.

There are some technical aspects of meta-analysis that require considerable background to evaluate. But policymakers, clinicians, and patient-consumers are often confronted with the need to make decisions based on health-relevant information that obtained from a meta-analysis. Should they simply defer to the "experts" and be left at the mercy of authors or editors and peer reviewers who decided to publish a meta-analysis? Is it possible for motivated readers to decide whether they are being fed junk science?



That last article exposes something that i highly dangerous to scientific research; the trend study. Just base your study on really bad studies, including your own, et voilà! You have a bunch of footnotes to support your notion. Coleman should be ejected from her profession.

I loved how she defended her action.


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