Meta-analysis of survey data: Application to health services research

Sowmya R. Rao, Barry I. Graubard, Christopher H. Schmid, Sally C. Morton, Thomas A. Louis, Alan M. Zaslavsky, Dianne M. Finkelstein

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Traditionally, meta-analysis methods have been developed and used to combine data from several independent clinical trials as well as observational studies, but have not been as widely used in survey research. This paper describes the steps in conducting such a meta-analysis of surveys, to obtain a single summary estimate from a combination of individual-level and summary data. The methods are applied in the context of a project aimed at obtaining an estimate of the prevalence of use of electronic health records.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-114
Number of pages17
JournalHealth Services and Outcomes Research Methodology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008



  • Electronic health record
  • Health research
  • Meta-analysis
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Rao, S. R., Graubard, B. I., Schmid, C. H., Morton, S. C., Louis, T. A., Zaslavsky, A. M., & Finkelstein, D. M. (2008). Meta-analysis of survey data: Application to health services research. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, 8(2), 98-114.