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Hendrix Economist Discusses Meta-Analysis Methods at National Forum

Tom StanleyCONWAY, Ark. (December 3, 2013) – Hendrix economics professor Dr. Tom Stanley recently gave an invited talk at the Harvard Faculty Club.

His talk, titled “Synthesizing quasi-experimental evidence,” was part of a workshop on the inclusion of quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (World Health Organization) and the Cochrane Collaboration, and he was invited to lead a group of distinguished meta-analysts to develop guidelines on quasi-experimental studies for authors of systematic reviews. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of over 31,000 researchers from more than 120 countries working to help healthcare practitioners and policy-makers make well-informed decisions about health care. It serves as the central clearinghouse for the evidence-based practice movement in medicine and health. 

“It was great to interact with Harvard professors, senior and junior, as equals,” said Stanley. “However, our task is quite daunting. How should health care professionals weigh evidence from less than perfect quasi-experimental research when the lives of their patients may be at risk?”  

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