[R] using metafor for meta-analysis of before-after studies

Michael Dewey info at aghmed.fsnet.co.uk
Sat Apr 27 13:28:34 CEST 2013

At 03:27 27/04/2013, Qiang Yue wrote:
>Hello, Dr. Viechtbauer.
>I am trying to perform a meta-analyis on a group 
>of before-after studies using Metafor. I read 
>your webpage including your correspondence with 
>Dr. Dewey 
>who also conducted a similar study. These 
>information is very hepful, but I have one 
>additonal question which I wonder if you can 
>give me some instruction. The question is as follow:
>These studies which we are trying to analyze are 
>performed on the same subject before and after 
>the adminstration of intervention. Most studies 
>reported the the Mean¡ÀSD of percentage change, 
>i.e., the Mean¡ÀSD of (value of ¡®after¡¯-value 
>of ¡®before¡¯)/value of 
>¡®before¡¯¡Á100%£¬without reporting the Mean¡ÀSD 
>of value of ¡®after¡¯ or value of ¡®before¡¯. So 
>I want to know if it is possible to perform 
>meta-analyis using the value of percentage 
>change, and if it is possible to calculate the 
>¡®sdi¡¯ (the standard deviation of the change 
>scores) using the SD of percentage change.

Unfortunately not all the characters in your 
email appeared correctly here but if I understand 
you correctly the primary studies have reported 
(for each group?) mean percentage change and its 
standard deviation (and presumably the n). So you 
just treat them like any other mean and standard deviation.

If I understand the very last part correctly you 
would need more information than we have to back 
calculate change on the original scale from change on the percentage scale.

>Thank you very much, I am looking forward to your reply.
>With best wishes.
>Qiang Yue M.D.
>Visiting Scholar of IMHR, University of Ottawa
>1145 Carling Avenue, K1Z 7K4, Ottawa, ON, Canada
>Tel: 613-722-6521 ext. 6554
>Associate Professor of Radiology
>Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University
>Chengdu, 610041, China  [[alternative HTML version deleted]]

Michael Dewey
info at aghmed.fsnet.co.uk

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