Table 2

Characteristics of the Searches

Characteristic

N (total = 105)

%


Number of electronic databases searched:

Median

5

Interquartile range

3–6

Number of non-database techniques used:

Median

2

Interquartile range

2–3

Phases of the HSSS used:

1 and 2

44

41.9

1,2 and 3

30

28.6

Unspecified

31

29.5

Number of included studies indexed in MEDLINE:

Median

9

Interquartile range

4–17


Sampson et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2006 6:33   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-6-33

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