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Unit of analysis errors should be clarified in meta-analyses

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7385.397 (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:397
  1. Ruth E Thomas (r.e.thomas@abdn.ac.uk), research fellow,
  2. Craig R Ramsay, senior statistician,
  3. Laura McAuley, review group coordinator,
  4. Jeremy M Grimshaw, director, clinical epidemiology programme
  1. Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD
  2. Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group, Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, 1 Stewart Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5
  3. Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Health Research Institute, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1Y 4E9

    EDITOR—Weingarten et al present a comprehensive study in what is a complex area of research.1 We were, however, unclear whether any of the included primary studies had unit of analysis errors and how the authors dealt with such studies in their meta-analysis.

    Unit of analysis errors occur in cluster randomised trials when individual patients' data …

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