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Table 1 Nutrition-related examples of the five elements of a completely specified outcome

From: Assessing the completeness and comparability of outcomes in systematic reviews addressing food security: protocol for a methodological study

ElementExample
1) Outcome domain or titleWeight
2) Specific measurement or technique/instrument used to take the measurementDigital or balance beam weighing scales
3) Specific metric or format of outcome data that will be used for analysisValue at a time point or change from baseline
4) Method of aggregation or how data from each group will be summarisedMean (standard deviation) Z-score
5) Time points that will be used for analysis.Short term (2 months or less), medium term (less than 1 year), and long term (more than 1 year)