Table 3

Categories of data presentation in review articles

Type of data presentation


Individual patient data

Individual patient data was used in a meta-analysis.


The reported summary data were pooled from relevant studies.


A general discussion of the reviewed studies with no attempt to quantitatively combine the results.

Wilczynski et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2005 5:20   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-5-20

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