[R-meta] potential shortcomings of combining meta-analysis

Diego Grados Bedoya d|egogr@do@b @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Dec 10 23:15:02 CET 2020

Dear all,

I am struggling about the implications of combining two meta-analyses (the
potential shortcomings of conducting a second-order meta-analysis):

Meta-analysis1 was achieved with the ln(RR1)[based on variable x1]

Meta-analysis2 was achieved with the ln(RR2) [based on variable X2]

There is an underlying relation between the units of X1 (u1) and X2 (u2):

u3=u1*3k ; u3=u2*300k

I wonder if it is possible to perform such analysis just including for
instance as a moderator the categorical variable for units (units1,units2)?
Am I missing something in the implications of the units that would affect
the correct comparison of ln(RR1) and ln (RR2)? I have consulted the work
of Schmidt and Oh (2013), Castellanos and Verdú (2012), Tamin (2011), and
other articles related to effects sizes calculations but I am not pretty
sure if I am not considering some kind of previous correction of the effect
sizes of the first order meta-analyses (or if it is not possible at all).

Maybe you can point me out in some direction about it.

Thank you in advance,


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