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Table 3 Eligibility criteria screening tool for use at the title, abstract, and full-text review screening stages

From: Evaluation of interventions to improve electronic health record documentation within the inpatient setting: a protocol for a systematic review

Inclusion/exclusion criteria for all screening stages: title, abstract, and the full-text (go from steps 1 to 6)
1. Is the study conducted in humans?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—go to step 2
2. Does the article represent an original study, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and observational study designs (e.g., no letters to the editor, book reviews, published study designs, or trial protocols)?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—go to step 3
3. Does the study focus on electronic health records (EHRs)?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—go to step 4
4. Does the article report on inpatient hospital data (e.g., no outpatient, emergency department, clinics)?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—go to step 5
5. Is improvement in EHR documentation reported as an outcome?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—go to step 6
6. Are any interventions being implemented to improve EHR documentation in the study?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes—include
  i. Full-text screening—continue in step 7
Additional inclusion/exclusion criteria for full-text stage only
7. Does this study reports on electronic records (i.e., explicitly mentioning “electronic” or derivatives, no paper documentation unless the study compared paper documentation to at least 2 other arms using electronic documentation)?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—go to step 8
8. Is this study conducted within an inpatient setting (e.g., explicitly mentioning “inpatient” or derivatives, no outpatient, family practice offices, minor/day/dental surgeries)?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—go to step 9
9. Are the users of the EHR nursing staff, pharmacists, diagnostic imaging staff, physicians, respiratory therapists (e.g., no researchers, primary care providers, coding specialists)?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—go to step 10
10. Does this study implement an intervention aiming at improving EHR documentation (i.e., no studies without intervention or only report on current documentation quality)?
 a. No—exclude
 b. Yes or uncertain—include