better understanding of the issues involved in meta-analyzing single- case designs, we anticipate the development of more sophisticated software programs to facilitate the hands-on labor of data extraction and analysis.
Single-case designs historically have played a prominent role in the evaluation of clinical trials and will continue to do so ( Wachter & Straf, 1990). Unfortunately, single-case data have been excluded from most quantitative literature reviews due to insufficient meta-analytic techniques. However, as this chapter illustrates, methods are under development and being implemented. Although there is no gold standard to date and several data analytic issues remain unresolved, meta-analysts can be encouraged by these developments and need no longer think it necessary to disregard single-case studies from quantitative literature reviews.
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Publication information: Book title: Design and Analysis of Single-Case Research. Contributors: Ronald D. Franklin - Editor, David B. Allison - Editor, Bernard S. Gorman - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 273.
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