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Table 1 Format categories

From: An overview of the design and methods for retrieving high-quality studies for clinical care

Format type Definition
Original study Any full text article in which the authors report first-hand observations.
Review article Any full text article that was bannered 'review, overview, or meta-analysis' in the title or in a section heading, or it was indicated in the text of the article that the intention was to review, summarize, or highlight the literature on a particular topic.
General article A general or philosophical discussion of a topic without original observation and without a statement that the purpose was to review a body of knowledge.
Case report An original study or report that presented only individualized data.