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Table 2 Inclusion and exclusion criteria

From: Support for people who use Anabolic Androgenic Steroids: A Systematic Scoping Review into what they want and what they access

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Studies including populations such as recreational AAS users, non-competitive AAS-using bodybuilders and weightlifters and, AAS users accessing drug services. Studies involving participants who compete professionally and any study that focuses on competitive sports/athletes or high school athletes
Peer-Reviewed Papers^ Studies on wider drugs prevention interventions or strategies
Qualitative and Quantitative data Studies that made passing references to participants seeking information but did not clarify the type of support or information including studies which showed an increase in people using NSPs but did not share exactly what they were using them for
Studies where participants were asked about where they access support, advice and information to help them manage their substance use and that identified the types of support and information they were seeking. Specific medical interventions i.e. efficacy of treatments for side effects
Studies that included data collected on any support (information, advice, service or intervention) designed to support people who use IPED Studies that focussed on prevention of AAS use and efficacy of such interventions
  Studies that referenced participants attitudes to who they trusted around information but did not specifically state the types of information or support
  Studies that were solely based on recommendations of professionals as to what support and information was needed but where the voice of the AAS user was absent
  Articles not in English
  Studies before the predominance of the internet as a source of information i.e. pre 2001. In 2001 the number of internet users went over 500 million worldwide [32]
  1. ^ due to the limited number of articles found to answer the second question, inclusion criteria were modified to include relevant grey literature from references