A meta-analysis of “hospital in the home”

Gideon A Caplan
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11841
Published online: 4 March 2013

In reply: Dickson argues for exclusion of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) if treatments have changed, but treatments are constantly changing so, following this rule, meta-analysis would be impossible. Similarly, diagnosis has changed — stroke was a clinical diagnosis, then computed tomography was required, and now magnetic resonance imaging is needed. Equipoise is not a requirement for inclusion in a meta-analysis.

  • 1 Post Acute Care Services, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

I work in a hospital and a HITH unit.

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