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Evid Based Mental Health 15:27 doi:10.1136/ebmental-2011-100550
  • Letter

Response to Dr Goy's commentary

  1. Michael King
  1. 1Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit, UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit, University College Medical School, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Bridget Candy Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit, UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit, University College Medical School, London, UK; b.candy{at}ucl.ac.uk

We thank Dr Goy for her interpretation of our systematic review. She has touched on an important issue in the meta-analysis of complex interventions, which is to keep the right balance between enough power to detect any effect, and combining sometimes heterogeneous trials. We appreciate her comments on the combination of broad psychological outcomes and we would like to take the opportunity to clarify the rationale behind our …

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