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Network meta-analysis in a nutshell
  1. Dimitris Mavridis
  1. Primary Education, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece
  1. Correspondence to Professor Dimitris Mavridis, Primary Education, University of Ioannina, Ioannina 45110, Greece; dmavridi{at}


In most, if not all, healthcare conditions, there is a plethora of competing interventions with few head-to-head comparisons and classical meta-analysis fails to handle simultaneously the multiple comparisons among interventions. Network meta-analysis is an extension of pairwise meta-analysis to accommodate multiple interventions and comparisons.

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  • Contributors DM is the sole contributor and author of this paper.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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