Table 1

Study inclusion and exclusion criteria
Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Meets the pre-determined case definitions of major depression and IHD Cross-sectional study design
Longitudinal case–control or cohort study design Clinical samples, for example, studies using hospital data
Sampling is from the general population
Demographic characteristics of sample represent populations at risk
Estimate of risk and associated uncertainty/error is reported, or sufficient data is reported to allow calculations of these
Where multiple papers draw on the same sample, the most comprehensive or recent publication is preferred
Subjects with clinical manifestations of IHD at baseline should be excluded or, at the very least, controlled or stratified for in the analysis

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Charlson et al. BMC Medicine 2013 11:250   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-11-250

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