Users' guide to detecting misleading claims in research: Meta-analyses have led to misleading claims in the past

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7483.145-b (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:145
  1. Peter J Horsey, honorary consultant anaesthetist (Horsey@lineone.net)
  1. Ashley, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6RH

    EDITOR—Montori et al cite the Cochrane albumin review in the table comparing two systematic reviews of albumin for fluid resuscitation.1 2 This review is an egregious example of a review that made a misleading claim—in this case a 6% additional mortality when albumin was compared with saline in a meta-analysis.

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