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Is volunteering a public health intervention? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the health and survival of volunteers

Caroline E Jenkinson1, Andy P Dickens2, Kerry Jones3, Jo Thompson-Coon3, Rod S Taylor1, Morwenna Rogers3, Clare L Bambra4, Iain Lang3 and Suzanne H Richards1*

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1 Primary Care, University of Exeter Medical School, Smeall Building, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter EX1 2LU, UK

2 Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

3 PenCLAHRC, University of Exeter Medical School, Veysey Building, Salmon Pool Lane, Exeter EX2 4SF, UK

4 Department of Geography, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 6BH, UK

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BMC Public Health 2013, 13:773  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-773

Published: 23 August 2013

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Additional file 1: Table S1:

Characteristics of experimental studies (9 trials, 11 papers).

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Additional file 2: Table S2:

Characteristics of longitudinal cohort studies (17 unique cohorts, 29 papers).

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Additional file 3: Table S3:

The Cochrane Collaboration’s tool for assessing risk of bias (5 trials, 7 papers).

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Additional file 4: Table S4:

NOS scores of non-RCTs and longitudinal cohort studies (4 non-RCTs, 17 unique cohorts, 33 papers).

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Additional file 5: Table S5:

Vote counting for experimental study designs (9 trials, 11 papers).

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Additional file 6: Table S6:

Vote counting for longitudinal study designs (17 unique cohorts, 29 papers).

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