Steven N. Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD
This issue includes a meta-analysis of the use of steroids in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (1). Meta-analyses such as this one command our attention, both because they purport to provide a "definitive" answer to a clinical question that has eluded other researchers and because the work of those researchers, the grist for the meta-analytic mill, is often subject to embarrassingly intense scrutiny. They represent a new class of article, one that straddles the traditional boundaries between original research and review articles. Because meta-analysis is a relatively new and partially technical method, many physicians find themselves unable to appreciate the
Goodman SN. Have You Ever Meta-Analysis You Didn't Like?. Ann Intern Med. ;114:244–246. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-3-244
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