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Table 1 Inclusion criteria for the primary systematic review

From: Mapping variation in intervention design: a systematic review to develop a program theory for patient navigator programs

Population Adult or pediatric patients, that either had or were being screened for one of the following chronic diseases (as included in the Statistics Canada Canadian Community Health Survey): asthma, arthritis, hypertension, migraine, COPD/emphysema, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, intestinal/stomach ulcers, stroke, urinary incontinence, inflammatory bowel disorder, dementia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders; with the addition of HIV/AIDS, and chronic kidney disease, which includes transplant recipients and patients on dialysis.
Intervention Interventions where a person with or without a healthcare-related background formally engages with patients on an individual basis to determine barriers to accessing care or following recommended guidelines. The individual also provides information relevant to patients’ specific circumstances to facilitate self-management and access to care. Interventions were excluded if the individual provided clinical care.
Comparison Usual care (patients navigate different aspects of the health system independently and access to care is not traditionally tailored to individual barriers)
Outcome Any