The Hartung-Knapp modification for random-effects meta-analysis: A useful refinement but are there any residual concerns?

Daniel Jackson, Martin Law, G Rucker & G Schwarzer
The modified method for random-effects meta-analysis, usually attributed to Hartung andKnapp and also proposed by Sidik and Jonkman, is easy to implement and is becoming advocated for general use. Here, we examine a range of potential concerns about the widespread adoption of this method. Motivated by these issues, a variety of different conventions can be adopted when using the modified method in practice. We describe and investigate the use of a variety of these conventions...

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