Inserm Phase I and II Network Meta-Analysis (NMA) workshop
Michael McCaul, a researcher at the biostatistics unit, Centre for Evidence-based Health Care has recently attended the Inserm Phase I and II Network Meta-Analysis (NMA) workshop held in Bordeaux and Paris. Michael also visited Cochrane France and worked collaboratively with the Cochrane France team, especially their senior statistician Ludovic Trinquart on various NMA methods projects and NMA reviews in analgesia.
The inserm NMA workshops was facilitated by renowned leaders in NMA methods with a theoretical focus in phase I followed by the practical application of NMA using Bayesian methods in Phase II. Network meta-analysis, unlike conventional pairwise meta-analysis allows authors to compare multiple interventions to each other taking in consideration direct (head on) comparisons and indirect comparisons. NMA is a valuable tool to evaluate the effect of multiple interventions for a single population or condition.