Reporting and Dissemination of IPD Meta-Analyses

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

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The main purpose of evidence synthesis within healthcare is to generate reliable research-based evidence to inform decisions that ultimately improve the health and care of individuals. This chapter outlines how to report the methods and findings of individual participant data (IPD) meta analysis projects in technical reports and journal articles, and describes other methods of dissemination and knowledge mobilisation that may be adopted to increase their impact. One of the challenges in communicating the findings of IPD meta-analysis projects is that they can be large and complex, making them difficult to describe within a standard-length academic paper. An IPD meta-analysis article will usually start with a brief outline of the health area and topic under consideration, providing details about the condition, prevalence, outcomes and current prognosis, as appropriate. Data collection is one area where IPD meta-analysis projects differ markedly from a conventional systematic review of aggregate data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndividual Participant Data Meta-Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationa Handbook for Healthcare Research
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781119333784
ISBN (Print)9781119333722
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021

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