Health insurance database analysis failing to adjust for disease severity and not finding a significant difference in time to PCR- for LPV/r and HCQ.
There are large differences in severity across groups. Authors did PSM but chose not to prioritize severity, resulting in incomparable groups, e.g., baseline pneumonia of 44% in the HCQ group and 15% in the control group (after PSM).
Authors note this but offer no explanation for not correcting for severity: "However, the disease severity and proportion of accompanying pneumonia were still significantly higher in the LPV/r and HCQ-group".
Choi et al., 10/27/2020, retrospective, database analysis, South Korea, Asia, peer-reviewed, 8 authors.
median time to PCR-, 22.0% higher, relative time 1.22, p < 0.001, treatment 701, control 701.
This study is excluded in the after exclusion results of meta analysis: excessive unadjusted differences between groups.
Effect extraction follows pre-specified rules
prioritizing more serious outcomes. For an individual study the most serious
outcome may have a smaller number of events and lower statistical signficance,
however this provides the strongest evidence for the most serious outcomes
when combining the results of many trials.