13. Disposition of Submission by Smith & Nephew
Figure 13 is an attrition diagram that depicts the status of
documents that Smith & Nephew submitted for possible inclusion
in the report.
The diagram begins with a box outlining the total submission
of 82 documents. Several boxes ensue which are connected by arrows
going from top to bottom which follow the submissions as they
are being screened for possible inclusion in the report.
In the first frame, we compare Smith & Nephew's submission
to submissions by other interested stakeholders and remove any
duplicates. Smith & Nephew had 17 duplicate submissions.
An arrow leads from the 65 Unique Submissions to the Initial
Screening Phase where documents may be excluded, used in our Background Section or passed to the next level. In this instance,
21 documents were identified for exclusion. One was an abstract;
one was a personal communication; and 19 were other documents
not relevant to the report.
Seven documents were identified for inclusion in our Background Section.
The path then follows the 37 full articles remaining. During
this phase of screening we do a more extensive screening which
is again based on our pre-determined inclusion/exclusion criteria.
Go to our Methods Section for additional information on the criteria.
35 full articles were excluded during this evaluation phase.
One was an animal study; one was an in vitro study; 27 were not
a NPWT study, and six were excluded for Other Reasons which may
include "inclusion of healthy subjects", "lack
of reporting wound healing outcomes" or "patients
treated with dual therapies."
Two full articles remained for possible inclusion in the report.
One article was a published study which was not identified in
our literature search and met the inclusion criteria. This study
was ultimately included in Key Question 3. In addition, one unpublished
article was included in Key Question 3 due to relevancy of the
study. Note: Language has been corrected to reflect screening
of meeting abstracts, poster presentations and other documents
in addition to abstracts of full articles.
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