Special Interest Groups
SIG: Scientific Publishing: Class IV Studies, Meta-analyses, Meta-syntheses Scope and limitations
National and international treatment guidelines and meta-analysis increasingly rely on formal quality appraisals of publications. We will discuss if and when there is still a role for class IV publications and how such publications should be read and used.Meta-analyses and meta-syntheses are highly ranked in the hierarchy of scientific publication, but the methodology of these methods of summarising evidence and answering research questions has important limitations and is sometimes misapplied altogether. We will discuss how authors can assess whether a topic is suitable for these methodologies and how the quality of published meta-analyses and meta-syntheses can be critically appraised.
Coordinators: Markus Reuber, MD, PhD, FRCP and Andres M. Kanner, MD