Identifying Risk Factors for Infections: The Role of Meta-analyses

Evelina Tacconelli, Maria A. Cataldo

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Abstract

Systemic reviews and meta-analyses of risk factors for infections are assuming greater importance in influencing policy makers worldwide. Meta-analyses of risk factors for infections should strictly follow guidelines for meta-analysis of observational studies. A study protocol should be written in advance, completed literature searches should be performed, and studies selected in a reproducible and objective fashion. Biologic plausibility should be addressed. Reported findings should be interpreted with caution, taking into account the limitations of methodologic aspects of risk factors studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-224
Number of pages14
JournalInfectious Disease Clinics of North America
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Infection
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Meta-analysis
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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