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Table 1 Example of electronic search strategies used – limits: Humans, Male, Female, English, All Adult: 19+ years, Publication Date from 2000/01/01 to 2009/12/31

From: The ongoing impacts of hepatitis c - a systematic narrative review of the literature

  Search strategy 1 Search strategy 2
Search terms: “(hepatitis C OR HCV) AND (cohort study OR follow up study OR longitudinal study OR prospective study OR retrospective study OR concurrent study)” “(hepatitis C OR HCV) AND (quality of life OR social impact OR socioeconomic impact OR psychological well being).”
Number of studies identified in total: 1608 335
Number of studies excluding reviews: 1592 320
Number of studies excluding experimental trials 570 299