Table 7Reporting of device- or operator-specific variables and handling of heterogeneity in systematic reviews by device categories

Reporting ItemVascular
N=124
Cardiac
N=19
Orthopedic
N=16
Neurostimulator
N=14
Skin Grafts
N=8
P-value
Device-Specific Variables
Differences across device characteristics were discussed68 (55)4 (21)9 (56)5 (36)2 (25)0.002
Differences within device characteristics were available48 (39)1 (5)9 (56)3 (21)4 (50)0.002
Evolution of devices over time were discussed27 (22)2 (10)5 (31)3 (21)1 (13)0.30
Operator-Specific Variables
Details of training/certification of operator were reported2 (2)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)1.00
Learning curve of operator was discussed12 (10)0 (0)1 (6)0 (0)0 (0)0.60
Level of expertise of team were considered12 (10)0 (0)5 (31)0 (0)0 (0)0.14
Practitioner variability were discussed16 (13)0 (0)2 (13)0 (0)0 (0)0.35
Volume at sites effect were discussed12 (10)0 (0)2 (13)0 (0)0 (0)0.47

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