Vitamin D levels do not predict the stage of hepatic fibrosis in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A PRISMA compliant systematic review and meta-analysis of pooled data
Behnam Saberi, Alia S Dadabhai, Gerard E Mullin, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21287, United States
Behnam Saberi, Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, United States
Julie Nanavati, Welch Medical Library, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21287, United States
Lin Wang, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins-Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205, United States
Russell T Shinohara, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
Author contributions: Saberi B, Dadabhai AS and Mullin GE contributed to the data evaluation, manuscript and figure preparation, editing and final submission; Shinohara RT and Wang L provided biostatistics methodology oversight, as well as data extractions, meta-analysis with pooled data figure preparation and manuscript preparation and editing; Nanavati J provided informatics methodology support, conducted the literature search, and reviewed and edited the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None.
Data sharing statement: The authors of the following studies were contacted to obtain their approval to share data in order to systematically evaluate their data for our meta-analysis: Drs. Patel, Luger, Barchetta, Anty, Bril, and Targher.
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Correspondence to: Gerard E Mullin, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N Wolfe Street, Carnegie 464B, Baltimore, MD 21287, United States. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: November 7, 2017
Peer-review started: November 8, 2017
First decision: December 4, 2017
Revised: December 12, 2017
Accepted: January 15, 2018
Article in press: January 15, 2018
Published online: January 27, 2018