About the Authors

Brian Hutton

bhutton@ohri.ca

Affiliations Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Georgia Salanti

Affiliation Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

Anna Chaimani

Affiliation Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

Deborah M. Caldwell

Affiliation School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

Chris Schmid

Affiliation Center for Evidence-based Medicine, Program in Public Health, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

Kristian Thorlund

Affiliations Standard Prevention Research Center, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Edward Mills

Affiliations Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Standard Prevention Research Center, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America

Ferrán Catalá-López

Affiliation Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance, Spanish Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency (AEMPS), Madrid, Spain

Lucy Turner

Affiliation Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Douglas G. Altman

Affiliation Oxford Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United States of America

David Moher

Affiliations Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Competing Interests

The following authors have no conflicts of interest to declare: GS, AC, DC, CS, LT, FCL, DGA, DM. BH has provided methodologic advice to Amgen Canada related to network metaanalysis. EM and KT are co-founders of Redwood Outcomes, a consultancy firm that has worked with Novartis, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Merck, Sharpe & Dohme, Novonordisk, Takeda, Nordion, Roche, Astra Zeneca, Gilead, UCB, Ferring, Lundbeck, Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelheim and Symmetron. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: BH GS AC DC CS KT EM LT FCL DAG DM. Analyzed the data: BH GS AC DM CS KT EM FCL LT DAG DM. Wrote the paper: BH DM.