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Developments in Network Meta-Analyses

Edited by: Dr Deborah Caldwell

A thematic series published in Systematic Reviews.

The use of network meta-analyses with systematic reviews is becoming increasingly popular, particularly with healthcare interventions, enabling comparative effectiveness of interventions that have not necessarily been evaluated directly against each other. This special collection of articles highlights recent developments in network meta-analysis methodology, along with systematic review research and protocol articles that include network meta-analysis.

  1. Protocol

    Bed rest for preventing complications after transfemoral cardiac catheterisation: a protocol of systematic review and network meta-analysis

    Transfemoral cardiac catheterisation is an invasive medical procedure used for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes. Postoperative bed rest can prevent a number of complications such as bleeding and haematoma fo...

    Alberto Dal Molin, Fabrizio Faggiano, Fabio Bertoncini, Giulia Buratti, Erica Busca, Roberta Casarotto, Samanta Gaboardi and Elias Allara

    Systematic Reviews 2015 4:47

    Published on: 15 April 2015

  2. Protocol

    Dietary supplements and risk of cause-specific death, cardiovascular disease, and cancer: a protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis of primary prevention trials

    In the Western world, dietary supplements are commonly used to prevent chronic diseases, mainly cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, there is inconsistent evidence on which dietary supplements actually ...

    Lukas Schwingshackl, Georg Hoffmann, Brian Buijsse, Tamara Mittag, Marta Stelmach-Mardas, Heiner Boeing, Marion Gottschald, Stefan Dietrich, Maria Arregui and Sofia Dias

    Systematic Reviews 2015 4:34

    Published on: 26 March 2015

  3. Protocol

    The pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of children and adolescents, with a significant impact on health services and the community in terms of ec...

    Ferrán Catalá-López, Brian Hutton, Amparo Núñez-Beltrán, Alain D Mayhew, Matthew J Page, Manuel Ridao, Aurelio Tobías, Miguel A Catalá, Rafael Tabarés-Seisdedos and David Moher

    Systematic Reviews 2015 4:19

    Published on: 27 February 2015

  4. Protocol

    Comparative evaluation of group-based mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment and management of chronic pain disorders: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis with indirect comparisons

    Chronic pain disorders impact the physical, psychological, social, and financial well-being of between 10%–30% of Canadians. The primary aims of psychological interventions targeting chronic pain disorders are...

    Taylor Hatchard, Chris Lepage, Brian Hutton, Becky Skidmore and Patricia A Poulin

    Systematic Reviews 2014 3:134

    Published on: 10 November 2014

  5. Protocol

    Efficacy, quality of life, and acceptability outcomes of atypical antipsychotic augmentation treatment for treatment-resistant depression: protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis

    Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a debilitating and costly mental disorder. Although commercially available antidepressants have proliferated over the last 20 years, a substantial number of patients either d...

    Yiyun Liu, Xinyu Zhou, Bin Qin, Cinzia Del Giovane, Yuqing Zhang and Peng Xie

    Systematic Reviews 2014 3:133

    Published on: 5 November 2014

  6. Research

    Impact of long-term lifestyle programmes on weight loss and cardiovascular risk factors in overweight/obese participants: a systematic review and network meta-analysis

    The aim of this meta-analysis was to compare the long-term efficacy of diet plus exercise (D + E) vs. diet (D), D + E vs. exercise (E) and D vs. E on anthropometric outcomes and cardiovascular risk factors in ...

    Lukas Schwingshackl, Sofia Dias and Georg Hoffmann

    Systematic Reviews 2014 3:130

    Published on: 30 October 2014

  7. Methodology

    A Microsoft-Excel-based tool for running and critically appraising network meta-analyses—an overview and application of NetMetaXL

    The use of network meta-analysis has increased dramatically in recent years. WinBUGS, a freely available Bayesian software package, has been the most widely used software package to conduct network meta-analys...

    Stephen Brown, Brian Hutton, Tammy Clifford, Doug Coyle, Daniel Grima, George Wells and Chris Cameron

    Systematic Reviews 2014 3:110

    Published on: 29 September 2014