Guidance & methods

  • This section provides summary guidance and advice for good practice in IPD meta-analysis projects. 

  • The guidance and summary points are based on the recommendations from chapters in our book.

  • They cover the whole process, from rationale, planning and initiation, to statistical methods, appraisal and reporting.

Please see the following pages:

Rationale & planning

Power & sample size

Running IPD meta-analysis projects

Fundamental statistical methods

Critical appraisal & reporting

Diagnosis, prognosis & prediction

Advanced statistical methods

  • The pages generally focus on IPD meta-analysis projects that synthesise IPD from multiple randomised trials to summarise treatment effects. ​However most recommendations are also similar for other research types.