Figure 8. Disposition of Submission by CMS (Text description)

Technology assessment on negative pressure wound therapy devices.

Figure 8. 

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Figure 8 is an attrition diagram that depicts the status of documents that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) submitted for possible inclusion in the report.

The diagram begins with a box outlining the total submission of 67 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 CMS's submission to submissions by other interested stakeholders and remove any duplicates. CMS had 5 duplicate submissions.

An arrow leads from the 62 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, 37 documents were identified for exclusion. One was a "personal communication" and 36 were "other documents not relevant to the report."
15 documents were identified for inclusion in our Background Section.

The path then follows the 10 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.

Ten full articles were excluded during this evaluation phase. Two were narrative reviews. Eight were excluded for Other Reasons which may include "inclusion of healthy subjects", "lack of reporting wound healing outcomes" or "patients treated with dual therapies."

Due to the exclusion of all 67 submissions, zero submissions remained for possible inclusion in the report. 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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Current as of November 2009
Internet Citation: Figure 8. Disposition of Submission by CMS (Text description). November 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/ta/negative-pressure-wound-therapy/figure8-text.html