Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews: Aggregating Research Results

  • James W. Drisko
  • Melissa D. Grady
Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)


Step 3 of the evidence-based practice (EBP) decision-making process is to critically evaluate the relevant research on your topic. In the previous two chapters, we have examined the role of research design and other methodological issues in evaluating individual practice research reports. These chapters explored how researchers design and report individual research studies in a rigorous manner. Yet in many circumstances, multiple research studies are available on a specific practice topic. In this chapter, we will explore how researchers undertake studies that aggregate the results of several separate studies on a single topic.


Systematic Review Borderline Personality Disorder Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Dialectical Behavior Therapy Borderline Personality Disorder 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New york 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Drisko
    • 1
  • Melissa D. Grady
    • 2
  1. 1.Smith College School for Social WorkNorthamptonUSA
  2. 2.Catholic University of America School of Social ServiceWashingtonUSA

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