This chapter presents the preparatory phase of an individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis project and provides guidance for planning and initiation. It outlines the importance of carefully refining the research question to be addressed through development of a project scope, building the collaborative framework for the project, and establishing a team equipped with the necessary skills to ensure that it can be delivered successfully. An alternative, or complement, to obtaining IPD directly from trial investigators is to access IPD through a data repository or data-sharing platform. Developing a project scope is a good way of refining and developing the research question to be addressed, and rapidly prototyping key aspects of project design. A successful IPD meta-analysis research team will, therefore, include members with strong communication and interpersonal skills who are able to build rapport and exercise tact and diplomacy when needed.
|Title of host publication
|Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis
|Subtitle of host publication
|a Handbook for Healthcare Research
|Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
|Number of pages
|Published - 22 Apr 2021
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