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Chapter 7:  Selecting studies and collecting data 

Editors: Julian PT Higgins and Jonathan J Deeks.


Key points


7.1 Introduction

7.2  Selecting studies

7.3  What data to collect

7.4  Sources of data

7.5  Data collection forms

7.6  Extracting data from reports

7.7  Extracting study results and converting to the desired format

7.8  Managing data

7.9  Chapter information

7.10  References