Looking for good introductory treatment of meta-analysis

A (non-statistician) colleague has been encountering meta-analyses in papers he reviews for medical journals and is looking for a good introductory level treatment so he can educate himself. Any recommendations? Favorites? Books, monographs, nontechnical survey articles would all be fine.

(Yes, he’s familiar with the Wikipedia entry and other stuff readily accessible by a Google search, such as Jerry Dallal’s nice little article.)

Answer

I have two suggestions:

  1. Systematic Reviews in Health Care: Meta-Analysis in Context (Amazon link)
  2. Introduction to Meta-Analysis (Statistics in Practice) (Amazon link)

Both books are very good, including introductory information as well as detailed information about how to actually perform meta-analyses.

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