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Meta-analyses and Forest plots using a microsoft excel spreadsheet: step-by-step guide focusing on descriptive data analysis

Jeruza L Neyeloff1*, Sandra C Fuchs12 and Leila B Moreira12

Author Affiliations

1 Post Graduate Program of Cardiology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

2 Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:52  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-52

Published: 20 January 2012

Additional files

Additional file 1:

Meta-analyses and forest plots in MS Excel. This file contains both spreadsheets developed.

Format: XLSX Size: 26KB Download file

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Additional file 2:

CMA calculations fixed effect. This is a portable document format (pdf) of the calculations performed by the software Comprehensive Meta-Analysis, when calculating the effect summary using fixed effect model. It is provided so readers may compare the calculations and results obtained using Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and the commercial software.

Format: PDF Size: 822KB Download file

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Additional file 3:

CMA calculations random effects. This is a portable document format (pdf) of the calculations performed by the software Comprehensive Meta-Analysis, when calculating the effect summary using random effects model. It is provided so readers may compare the calculations and results obtained using Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and the commercial software.

Format: PDF Size: 862KB Download file

This file can be viewed with: Adobe Acrobat Reader

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