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Modelling repeated measures data in meta analysis: an alternative approach

Nik Idris, Nik Ruzni (2008) Modelling repeated measures data in meta analysis: an alternative approach. In: Simposium Kebangsaan Sains Matematik Ke-16, 3-5 June 2008, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

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A repeated measures design is common in many research areas such as medical and clinical trials, education and psychology. In Meta analysis , where data are typically available at aggregate level, the analysis of repeated measures data is more difficult. One of the limitations of current approaches is in their reliance on the measures at only one or two time points, which involved a considerable loss of data, and do not reflect the trend over time. Another limitation is in estimating the correlation between observations at successive time points. Presently there is no single approach that could address both issues satisfactorily. In this paper, a simulation study is used to develop an alternative approach for meta-analysis based on studies from repeated measures designs which allows utilization of information at all time points. The method uses regression coefficients, estimated from each study, to obtain the study specific estimates of treatment effect. Two approaches of obtaining the overall estimates were considered, namely, separate Meta analyses using the Inverse Variance Weighted method for each coefficient, and using the Multiple Response Model on these regression coefficients. Both approaches generated fixed effects estimates which are in a good agreement when compared to those based on the individual level data. The Multiple Response Model is better as it allows estimates of level 3 random parameters, while the separate Meta analysis only estimates the fixed parameters.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 4059/5552(Prosiding Simposium Kebangsaan Sains Matematik ke 16,ISBN: 978-983-2888-91-8)
Uncontrolled Keywords: repeated measures, meta analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA29 Theory and method of social science statistics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Computational and Theoretical Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Nik Ruzni Nik Idris
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 10:47
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2011 16:08
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/5552

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