Table 9.4.a: Summary of meta-analysis methods available in RevMan

Type of data

Effect measure

Fixed-effect methods

Random-effects methods

Dichotomous

Odds ratio (OR)

Mantel-Haenszel (M-H)

Inverse variance (IV)

Peto

Mantel-Haenszel (M-H)

Inverse variance (IV)

 

Risk ratio (RR)

Mantel-Haenszel (M-H)

Inverse variance (IV)

Mantel-Haenszel (M-H)

Inverse variance (IV)

 

Risk difference (RD)

Mantel-Haenszel (M-H)

Inverse variance (IV)

Mantel-Haenszel (M-H)

Inverse variance (IV)

Continuous

Mean difference (MD)

Inverse variance (IV)

Inverse variance (IV)

 

Standardized mean difference (SMD)

Inverse variance (IV)

Inverse variance (IV)

O – E and Variance

User-specified (default ‘Peto odds ratio’)

Peto

None

Generic inverse variance

User-specified 

Inverse variance (IV)

Inverse variance (IV)

Other data

User-specified

None

None