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This section discusses two approaches for sythesising evidence across studies - systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

The design and conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analyses is a field of study in its own right, illustrated by the fact that entire University departments are dedicated to its practice. Also see for example, COCHRANE.ORG. Our focus in this section is restricted to the rationale and interpretation of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and the key principles that underpin a good review.

The materials consist of 2 e-lectures lasting approximately 25 minutes each. These lectures were developed and delivered by Ms Rachel Perry (Systematic reviews) and Dr Chris Penfold (Meta-analysis).