Pocket Guide to Meta-Analysis in Social Work by Jacqueline Corcoran

Pocket Guide to Meta-Analysis in Social Work

byJacqueline Corcoran, Vijayan Pillai

Paperback | February 22, 2008

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When used in tandem, systematic reviews and meta-analysis-- two distinct but highly compatible approaches to research synthesis-- form a powerful, scientific approach to analyzing previous studies. But to see their full potential, a social work researcher must be versed in the foundationalprocesses underlying them. This pocket guide to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis illuminates precisely that practical groundwork. In clear, step-by-step terms, the authors explain how to format topics, locate and screen studies, extract and assess data, pool effect sizes, determine bias, and interpret the results, showing readers how to combine reviewing and meta-analysis correctly and effectively. Each chapter containsvivid social work examples and concludes with a concise summary and notes on further reading, while the book's glossary and handy checklists and sample search and data extraction forms maximize the boo'ks usefulness. Highlighting the concepts necessary to understand, critique, and conduct research synthesis, this brief and highly readable introduction is a terrific resource for students and researchers alike.

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Jacqueline Corcoran is a Professor of Social Work at Florida State University. Vijayan Pillai is a Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Title:Pocket Guide to Meta-Analysis in Social WorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.51 inPublished:February 22, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326547

ISBN - 13:9780195326543

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Formulating a Topic and Developing a Protocol3. Locating and Screening Studies4. Data Extraction and Study Quality Assessment5. Effect Size Metrics and Pooling Methods6. Assessing Bias and Variations in Effects7. ConclusionsAppendicesA: AMSTAR (for assessment of multiple systematic reviews)B: Software for Meta-AnalysisC: Suggested Outline for Reporting Systematic Reviews and Meta-AnalysesD: Sample Search StrategyE: Sample Data Extraction Forms

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.,."comprehensive, compact, and attractive...[Corcoran and Pillai] supply the statistical component that completes this valuable addition to the literature supporting evidence-based practice as a direction in social work...a book that social work researchers, and even practitioners wishing to understand the process of systematic review, probably would not want to be without. It covers more than sufficient to act as a textbook for a doctoral class dealing with this subject and would enhance any program of study in social work at the graduate level."--Research on Social Work Practice