Data Synthesis (Meta-Analysis)
There are many software programs for managing references. See for example, Comparison of Reference Management Software. Each has strengths and limitations. Some are web-based and others must be installed. Prices vary from free and open source to at-cost and commercial. We list only a few of the most commonly used below.
Articles about Data Synthesis
- Bax, L., Ly-Mee, Y., Ikeda, N., & Moons, K. G. (2007). A systematic comparison of software dedicated to meta-analysis of causal studies. BMC Med Res Methodol, 7(40). doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-7-40.
- Page, M. J., McKenzie, J. E., Kirkham, J., Dwan, K., Kramer, S., Green, S., & Forbes, A. (2014). Bias due to selective inclusion and reporting of outcomes and analyses in systematic reviews of randomised trials of healthcare interventions. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 10.
Tools for Data Synthesis
- RevMan: RevMan is software designed for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews. It provides a template for organizing the review and allows for electronic submission to Archie, the Cochrane Information Management System. Most importantly, however, it supports the conduct of meta-analyses and the graphical presentation of results using forest plots.
- OpenMeta[Analyst]: OpenMeta[Analyst] is an open source software program that performs meta-analyses of binary, continuous, and diagnostic data. Developed by the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine at Brown University. Available free of charge.
- Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (CMA): CMA supports the computation of effect sizes for binary, continuous, correlational data. It is developed by Biostat, Inc. Academic pricing is $295 for one year.
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