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SurE for surfactant: response to letter
  1. Ioannis Bellos1,
  2. Aakash Pandita2
  1. 1Laboratory of Experimental Surgery and Surgical Research NS Christeas, Athens University Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  2. 2Neonatology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aakash Pandita, Neonatology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, UP 226014, India; aakash.pandita{at}

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We would like to thank Nobile et al for their interest in our network meta-analysis comparing the efficacy of methods for surfactant administration.1 The authors raised concerns by giving emphasis on the combination of various study designs. However, our network meta-analysis implemented a parametric design-adjusted meta-analysis in order to incorporate both randomised and non-randomised evidence in the analysis, as suggested by Efthimiou et al.2 Following this approach, various weights were placed on observational studies, enabling the …

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed equally.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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

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