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If you plan to do a meta-analysis, it is best to follow the standards set forth in Finding What Works in Health Care (see chapter 4):
-"Use expert methodologists to develop, execute, and peer review the meta-analyses."
-"Address heterogeneity among study effects"
-"Accompany all estimates with measures of statistical uncertainty"
-"Assess the sensitivity of conclusions to changes in the protocol, assumptions, and study selection" (Eden et al., 2011, p. 187)
There is also a thorough review of software available for meta-analysis in Appendix B of Systematic Reviews in Health Care, which is available at Gumberg in print and electronically.