Network meta-analysis: drawing conclusions regarding trials of psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder.
- Network meta-analysis (NMA) is a statistical technique for making direct and indirect comparisons between different treatment and control groups. Despite its many advantages, NMA may be misleading when evaluating networks that are disconnected, inconsistent or of low reliability and validity. We review how well the analysis of trials of adjunctive psychosocial treatment in bipolar disorder is served by NMA. We conclude with recommendations for future treatment trials in bipolar disorder and guidelines for NMAs.
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- © The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2017. This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available online from Cambridge University Press at: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.117.202739