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Assessment of publication bias for the surgeon scientist. BJS 2008; 95: 943-949.

Published: 11th July 2008

Authors: S. S. Mahid, M. Qadan, C. A. Hornung, S. Galandiuk

Background

Publication bias occurs when statistically non‐significant (negative) findings are not published. It can profoundly affect the results of systematic reviews and meta‐analyses.

Method

Qualitative and quantitative methods of detecting publication bias are described, including their advantages and disadvantages.

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