Table 1

Comparison of Meta-Analysis Software

Stata/WinBUGS

R/OpenBUGS

MIX

CMA

RevMan

Meta-Analyst


Operating system

Windows, Mac, Linux

Windows, Mac, Linux

Windows

Windows

Windows, Mac, Linux

Windows


Version

10

2.6

1.7

2

5.0.18

Beta 1.0


Price

$785*

FREE

FREE

$1,295

FREE

FREE


Import data


Meta-analysis interface/routines

Macros

Macros

Dedicated

Dedicated

Dedicated

Dedicated


Meta-regression


Single group


Fixed effects


Random effects


Multilevel models


Random effects meta-regression


Bayesian models


Cumulative meta-analysis


Subgroup analysis


Small study effects (Publication bias tests)**


Binary data


Continuous data


Diagnostic test data


Multivariate


Documentation of methods


Forest plot


Funnel plot


SROC


HSROC - bivariate meta-analysis


Point and click plot editing


Programming capabilities


Leave one out sensitivity


Results format

RTF

RTF

MS Excel

RTF, PowerPoint

RevMan

PDF, RTF, image files


* Intercooled Stata for a single processor, educational licence. Other versions are more expensive.

One group analysis available for continuous outcomes only.

**Recent empirical research challenges the routine use of the so-called "publication bias diagnostics" [19-21].

RTF: Rich text format (can be opened in MS Word); SROC: summary receiver operating characteristic curve

Wallace et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2009 9:80   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-9-80

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