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Table 1 Selection criteria for studies to be included in systematic review assessing the incidence of TB and MDR-TB and the therapeutic outcomes among paediatrics

From: The incidence of TB and MDR-TB in pediatrics and therapeutic options: a systematic review

Item Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Population -Studies involving paediatrics ≤15 years.
-Studies including both male and female patients.
Studies involving
-Participants ≥15 years
-Pregnant participants
-Participants with multi-morbidities
Intervention / Investigated condition The review will be assessing the incidence of TB and MDR-TB among the paediatric population and the therapeutic options available. -Studies describing combined treatment of more than 2 diseases (TB or MDR-TB /HIV)
Comparison /Context -Studies conducted in paediatric patients globally
-Studies conducted in paediatric patients of all cultural backgrounds
Outcome -Studies assessing the incidence of TB and MDR-TB among the paediatric population.
-Studies assessing the therapeutic options available to treat TB and MDR-TB in terms of the dosage forms available.
Studies describing outcomes that are unrelated to the incidence and treatment of TB and MDR-TB
Type of studies Cohort studies that use quantitative research methods and Observation studies -Mini-reviews, conference abstracts, letters to editors, editorials, commentaries.
-Studies without an abstract
-Studies whose full data will not be available even upon requesting from the author
-Duplicates studies: for studies published with the same or different titles or in more than one journal, the most updated version shall be considered.