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Chapter 12:  Interpreting results and drawing conclusions

Authors: Holger J Schünemann, Andrew D Oxman, Gunn E Vist, Julian PT Higgins, Jonathan J Deeks, Paul Glasziou and Gordon H Guyatt on behalf of the Cochrane Applicability and Recommendations Methods Group.


Key points


12.1 Introduction

12.2 Assessing the quality of a body of evidence

12.3 Issues in applicability

12.4 Interpreting results of statistical analyses

12.5 Interpreting results from dichotomous outcomes (including numbers needed to treat)

12.6 Interpreting results from continuous outcomes (including standardized mean differences)

12.7 Drawing conclusions

12.8 Chapter information

Box 12.8.a: The Cochrane Applicability and Recommendations Methods

12.9 References