Studies in meta-analysis of treatment of stable angina had methodological flawsBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7273.1408 (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1408
- S C Eccleshall (email@example.com), interventional cardiology fellow,
- G J Laarman, consultant cardiologist,
- J Nolan, consultant cardiologist
- OLVG Hospital, postbus 95500, 1090 HM Amsterdam, Netherlands
- North Staffordshire Hospital, Stoke on Trent ST4 6QG
EDITOR—Bucher et al's meta-analysis of the treatment of stable angina with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or medical treatment is based on a small number of trials with methodological flaws. 1 2 The conclusions could have considerable adverse effects on the provision of revascularisation services, and we wish to draw attention to problems with the meta-analysis. Its results should not be used to guide clinical practice or decision making in public health.
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