The primary course texts are:
J.H., Corcoran, J. & Pillai, V. (2008). Systematic reviews and
meta-analysis. New York: Oxford Univeristy Press.
M., & Roberts, H. (2005). Systematic reviews in the social
sciences: A practical guide. Oxford: Blackwell.
The primary course software:
Manager (RevMan) is the software used for
preparing and maintaining Cochrane reviews. You can use RevMan for
protocols and full reviews. It is most useful when you have formulated
the question for the review, and allows you to prepare the text, build
the tables showing the characteristics of studies and the comparisons
in the review, and add study data. It can perform meta-analyses and present
the results graphically. RevMan 5 was released on 14 March 2008
(updated to 5.0.14 on 2 July 2008). Download RevMan 5 RevMan is
accessible with documentation at no charge from: http://www.cc-ims.net/RevMan
.Instuctions and training materials designed to help those planning
Cochrane/Campbell systematic reviews can be found at http://www.cochrane.org/resources/training.htm .
Also training materials can be found on the Open Learning site at: http://www.cochrane-net.org/openlearning/ .
- Borenstein, M., & Rothstein, H. (2006). Comprehensive
metaAnalysis: A computer program for research synthesis. Englewood,
NJ: . Biostat, Inc. http://www.meta-analysis.com/ A
free trial download is available. A lite copy may be purchased for $95
the order form as a Word document .Download
the order form as a PDF file
Additional references include:
H. & Hedges, L.V. (Eds). (1994). The handbook of research
synthesis. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
for Reviews and Dissemination. Undertaking systematic reviews of
research on effectiveness: CRD's guidance for those carrying out or
commissioning reviews. CRD Report 4 (2nd edition). March 2001.
Available online at: http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/report4.htm
JPT, Green S (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of
Interventions Version 5.0.0 [updated February 2008]. The Cochrane
Collaboration, 2008. Available at: http://www.cochrane-handbook.org/ (older
versions available at: http://www.cochrane.org/resources/handbook/ ).
The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
is the official document that describes in detail the process of
preparing and maintaining Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects
of healthcare interventions. The current version of the Handbook is
5.0.0 (available in full in browseable format only). A Glossary is
available to accompany the Handbook. The current version of the
Glossary is 4.2.5. The full Handbook is scheduled to be published in
book form by Wiley in late 2008.
J., & Schmidt, F. (2004). Methods of Meta-Analysis (2 ed.):
M. W. & Wilson, D. B. (2001) Practical Meta-Analysis. Thousand
E. J. (2006). Choosing outcome measures in systematic reviews:
Critical challenges. Research on Social Work Practice, 16(1)
Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. (2000). Undertaking
systematic reviews of research on effectiveness. York, England:
University of York. (Available
W. R., Cook, T. D., & Campbell, D. T. (2002). Experimental and
quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference.
Boston: Houghton MIfflin Company. Chapter 13.
Shadish web site for links to psychotherapy meta-analyses, single
subject meta-analyses, meta-anaysis software, effect size calculator http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/wshadish/Meta-Analysis%20Links.htm .