Are we capable of separating the wheat from the chaff when assessing meta-analyses?

Affiliation

Medical School, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, and Rede Mater Dei. Av. Carandaí 246 apt. 902, Belo Horizonte, MG, 30130-060, Brazil. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

This opinion paper aims at discussing the deluge of meta-analyses in current health sciences, and the publication of seven different ones covering diverse topics in nutrition sciences in the December issue of Clinical Nutrition. Several key aspects are raised regarding this type of study with the goal of raising awareness among clinicians who rely on these studies to summarize what they assume it is the best evidence towards application to patient care.

Keywords

Clinical evidence,Evidence-based,Healthcare,Meta-analyses,Methods,Nutrition,