How does MIX 2.0 Pro compare with other dedicated meta-analysis programs?


In general, MIX 2.0 Pro can perform graphical and numerical analyses that go beyond those offered in most other dedicated meta-analysis programs. MIX 2.0 Pro is particularly versatile in terms of graphical capabilities, and the fact that it runs within Excel means that you can use all the Excel features to adjust, export, and share your results. However, MIX 2.0 Pro focuses on single-group or pairwise meta-analysis or meta-regression and does not perform formal network meta-analysis nor is it capable of diagnostic meta-analysis (unless diagnostic odds ratios are used as a generic measure). It uses a Frequentist statistical framework although a rudimentary Bayesian triplot feature is included.

It is worth mentioning that in comparison to RevMan, the numerical and graphical features are more comprehensive, but it was not developed to manage references or reviews, like RevMan. The program CMA is also not as flexible and comprehensive in it’s graphical and numerical options, in particular when it comes to adjusting plots and tables. However, CMA provides more options for entering data in different formats and creates consistent measures for analysis internally, whereas MIX 2.0 Pro requires you to create a consistent set of effect measures prior to entering the data by means of the built-in Data Converter. This makes the process in MIX 2.0 more transparent, but also requires a bit more work.

Leon Bax

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