Meta-analysis Lecture


This is one of the online lectures (April 2020) given for the Intermediate Epidemiology course. The voice recording is sub-optimal as I had laryngitis. The lecture is on meta-analysis and begins about 1 minute into the video.

My take home messages from this lecture were;

  1. Always appropriate to perform a systematic review but a meta-analysis may not always be appropriate
  2. Random effects model is always to be preferred (will reduce to fixed effect if no between study variation)
  3. Biases may also exist in MA and so critical analytical and reading skills remain essential

Apr 1, 2020 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
McGill University
MUHC, Montreal, QC H4A 3J1
James (Jay) Brophy
Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology

I am a tenured (full) professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics where I work as a clinical cardiologist and do research in cardiovascular epidemiology.