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Table 3 Flow diagram of the searches and inclusion process

From: Factors influencing the implementation of clinical guidelines for health care professionals: A systematic meta-review

a total of 885 potentially relevant references
Inclusion step 1:
Screening based on titles and abstracts: 84 publications selected
Inclusion step 2:
Screening based on 108 full texts (84 full texts derived from previous step and 24 additional titles derived from reference tracking)

Reasons for exclusion were:
* not meeting inclusion criterion 1 (systematic review or meta-review): n = 48
* not meeting inclusion criterion 2 (guideline target-groups concern medical staff or other health professionals): n = 7
* not meeting inclusion criterion 3 (focus on factors influencing guideline implementation): n = 17
* meeting 1 or more ex clusion criteria (exclusively dealing with consensus-based guidelines, not clearly differentiating between guidelines and other professional interventions, or not exclusively based on research publications): n = 23
12 review studies included (described in a total of 13 publications)