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Table 2 Reasons why potentially relevant papers were excluded.

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

  Complementary and alternative medicine Over-the-counter medicine Private care Home blood pressure monitors Self-tests Totala
Study did not identify factors, reasons or characteristics associated with a relevant activity (1) 21 25 3 2 4 54
Study did not involve adults or differentiate between children and adults (2) 11 5 0 0 0 14
Activity was initiated by a conventional health professional (3) 2 0 0 0 0 2
Outcome was simply the intention or willingness to do an activity (4) 1 3 0 0 0 4
Study involved a selected population (5) 56 12 2 1 0 65
Study did not relate to UK residents (6) 8 1 1 0 0 10
Review, letter or opinion (7) 6 1 0 0 1 8
Total 105 47 6 3 5 157
  1. a Totals may be less than the sum of the components because some papers were identified by different databases.