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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 Neyeloff*, Sandra C Fuchs and Leila B Moreira

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

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Jeruza Neyeloff   (2013-04-10 10:49)  Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Dear Vishnu,

You are correct. If you use the formulas from the additional file everything should work fine.

I am glad the paper was helpful and that you've learned from it.

Best regards,

Jeruza Neyeloff

Competing interests

I have no competing interests.


Forest Plot:Meta-analyses and Forest plots using a microsoft excel spreadsheet

Vishnu Khanal   (2013-03-10 13:14)  Curtin University

Dear Authors,

Thank you very much for this useful paper. I learned to build a forest plot based on your paper.

I found there has been a typing error in the paper while building in the forest paper.

In page 4, Spreadsheet2, Forest plot sub section: in step 2 (last paragraph, last line). You have mentioned K2=I2+(100*F2). However, it leads to the value which is different from what you have mentioned in the Figure2 on Colum K. I checked your additional file and found that you original instruction was K2=(G2*100)-I2. I am sure it is a typo error. I am writing to you in case readers may chose to practice from your original excel files.

Thank you again for your paper, and additional files. It is very helpful for the beginners like me.


Vishnu Khanal

MPH Student

Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

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I declare that I have no competing interest


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