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Table 1 Characteristics of included newborn and child health systematic review (SR) reports and protocols

From: Are child-centric aspects in newborn and child health systematic review and meta-analysis protocols and reports adequately reported?—two systematic reviews

Characteristic SR reports % (n) SR protocols % (n)
 Total number of studies 248 76
Population included
 Child-only studies 60.9 (151) 53.9 (41)
 Mixed child/adult studies 25.8 (64) 31.6 (24)
 Community/family/maternal intervention/exposure studies 13.3 (33) 14.5 (11)
Type
 Cochrane 59.7 (148) 34.2 (26)
 Non-Cochrane 40.3 (100) 65.8 (50)
ICD-10 diagnostic category
 Infectious disease and parasitic diseases 10.5 (26) 15.8 (12)
 Neoplasms (including oncology) 2.0 (5) 3.9 (3)
 Blood, blood-forming organs, and the immune mechanism 1.2 (3) 2.6 (2)
 Endocrine and nutritional and metabolic disease 9.7 (24) 7.9 (6)
 Mental and behavioral disorders 11.3 (28) 11.8 (9)
 Nervous system 4.8 (12) 6.6 (5)
 Eye and adnexa 0.4 (1) 0.0 (0)
 Ear and mastoid process 1.6 (4) 1.3 (1)
 Circulatory system 1.2 (3) 1.3 (1)
 Respiratory system 12.1 (30) 1.3 (1)
 Digestive system 6.0 (15) 3.9 (3)
 Skin and subcutaneous tissue 0.8 (2) 0.0 (0)
 Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 1.2 (3) 2.6 (2)
 Genitourinary, childbirth, and the puerperium 11.3 (28) 3.9 (3)
 Conditions originating in the perinatal period 7.7 (19) 5.3 (4)
 Congenital malformation, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities 2.4 (6) 2.6 (2)
 Symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical laboratory findings not elsewhere classified 1.2 (3) 2.6 (2)
 Injury, poisoning, and consequences of external causes 5.2 (13) 7.9 (6)
 External causes of morbidity and mortality 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0)
 Factors influencing health status and contact with health services 0.8 (2) 10.5 (8)
 Oral health 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0)
 No explicit medical condition 8.1 (20) 5.3 (4)
 Other 0.4 (1) 2.6 (2)
Intervention type
 Drug/natural health products 49.2 (122) 36.8 (28)
 Device 8.5 (21) 2.6 (2)
 Surgery or radiotherapy 7.7 (19) 7.9 (6)
 Rehabilitation or psycho-social 14.5 (36) 9.2 (7)
 Vaccine 0.8 (2) 2.6 (2)
 Communication, organizational, or education 9.7 (24) 22.4 (17)
 Prevention or screening 2.4 (6) 3.9 (3)
 Complex intervention (>1 interventions) 2.4 (6) 2.6 (2)
 Other 5.6 (14) 17.1 (13)
 No explicit exposure or intervention 5.2 (13) 5.3 (4)
Comparison type
 Drug/natural health products 43.5 (108) 31.6 (24)
 Device 7.3 (18) 2.6 (2)
 Surgery or radiotherapy 4.8 (12) 5.3 (4)
 Rehabilitation or psycho-social 9.7 (24) 6.6 (5)
 Vaccine 0.8 (2) 2.6 (2)
 Communication, organizational, or education 5.2 (13) 14.5 (11)
 Prevention or screening 0.8 (2) 2.6 (2)
 Complex intervention (>1 interventions) 2.0 (5) 0.0 (0)
 Other 8.1 (20) 15.8 (12)
 No explicit exposure or intervention 26.2 (65) 28.9 (22)