Table 9

Effect of dexamethasone on hypertension: all trials

TrialsYearExpected observedExpected totalControls observedControls totalERR (95% CI)ERD (95% CI)NNH (95% CI)
Durandet al 34 19952231201.74  (0.16, 19.18)3.70  (−11.27, 18.66)
Brozanskiet al 35 19950390391.00 (0.02, 50.40)0.00 (−4.99, 4.99)
Cummings et al 37 19890120110.92 (0.02, 46.20)−0.38 (−17.09, 16.34)
Kari et al 36 19937171249.88 (1.22, 80.32)37.01 (12.29, 61.73)
Shinwell et al 31 1996813221163.52 (0.75, 16.55)4.34 (−0.37, 9.05)
Rastogi et al 30 19961361340.94 (0.06, 15.10)−0.16 (−7.98, 7.65)
Tapia et al 39 19963552541.47 (0.25, 8.81)1.75 (−6.08, 9.59)
Pooled [χ2 = 3.7 (df=6)]2131472983.04 (1.34, 6.86)2.33 (−0.47, 5.13)42  (19, 212)