26. Inclusion Criteria for Articles in a Meta-Analysis

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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Inclusion Criteria for Articles in a Meta-Analysis

  • Randomized control trial (RCT)
  • Published in a peer review journal
  • Published in English
  • With noted exceptions, randomized at level of subject
  • Data analysis done on an “intent to treat” basis
  • Abstinence outcome reported at least 5 months after quit date or pre/post delivery for RCTs with pregnant smokers
  • Biochemical verification of abstinence required for RCTs with pregnant women


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Internet Citation: 26. Inclusion Criteria for Articles in a Meta-Analysis: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-full/slide26.html