Systematic reviews, which can include a meta-analysis, are considered the gold standard for determination of best practice. Meta-analysis combines the results from many primary studies to identify patterns among the individual study results and then assesses the overall effectiveness of a specific healthcare intervention. The purpose of this article was to describe the process of performing a meta-analysis, discuss advantages and disadvantages of meta-analyses, and interpret the results of a meta-analysis from current research relevant to orthopaedic nursing practice.
Cheryl Holly, EdD, RN, Associate Professor and Chair, Capacity Building Systems, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing, Newark.
Jason T. Slyer, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, College of Health Professions, Pace University, New York
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