Planning and Initiating an IPD Meta-Analysis Project

Lesley A. Stewart, Richard D. Riley, Jayne F. Tierney

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndividual Participant Data Meta-Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationa Handbook for Healthcare Research
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781119333784
ISBN (Print)9781119333722
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021

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