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Table 3 Criteria used to determine the potential for bias in the reviews

From: The effectiveness of interventions to change six health behaviours: a review of reviews

  Criteria which had to be met
Criteria ++ +
   1. Was there a focused aim or research question? Yes Yes
   2. Explicit inclusion/exclusion criteria Yes Yes
   3. More than 1 assessor/selector Yes  
   4. Provide details of databases searched Yes Yes
   5. Lists years searched Yes Yes
   6. Followed up references in bibliographies Yes  
   7. Experts consulted for further sources   
   8. Grey literature included/searched   
   9. Specified search terms/strategy Yes Yes
   10. Not restricted to English language papers only Yes  
   11. Quality assessed Yes Yes
   12. Data supports conclusions Yes Yes