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Systematic Reviews: Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria


Before beginning your search, you will need to develop a protocol and determine the inclusion and exclusion criteria you will use.

Inclusion criteria is everything that a study must have in order to be included in your review.

Exclusion criteria are the factors that would make a study ineligible to be included in your review.                                                             

These criteria can include dates, how a study was designed, population, outcomes, etc.