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Table 1 Number of potentially relevant papers identified and number of these papers that were eligible by activity and databasea.

From: Factors associated with self-care activities among adults in the United Kingdom: a systematic review

Subject Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine Private care Home blood pressure (BP) monitors Self-tests Totalb
Database Inc. Total Inc. Total Inc. Total Inc. Total Inc. Total Inc. Total
Medline 16 64 8 37 4 7 0 1 0 3 28 106
Embase 9 53 11 28 1 3 0 3 0 5 18 86
Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature 13 29 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 36
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts 9 30 3 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 12 38
PsycINFO 8 20 3 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 12 29
British Nursing Index 4 30 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 35
Allied and Complementary Medicine Database 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9
Sociological Abstracts 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
References of other papers 3 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 6 6
Grey literature 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2
Totalb 30 135 15 62 7 13 1 4 0 5 49 206
  1. aThe Arthritis and Complementary Medicine Database and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Pain Database were also searched but no potentially relevant papers were identified.
  2. bTotals may be less than the sum of the components because some papers were identified by different databases during searches related to more than one subject area: 193 papers were identified during searches related to one activity (122 related to CAM, 50 related to OTC medicine, 12 related to private care, four related to home BP monitors, and five related to self-testing) and 13 were identified during searches related to two activities (12 related to CAM and OTC medicine, and one related to CAM and private care).