This figure is a flow chart that summarizes the search and selection of articles related to pressure ulcer treatment strategies. Citations were identified through bibliographic databases, including MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, and EBM Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, and Health Technology Assessment, as well as through other sources, including experts, reference lists, and grey literature. The results of the search and study selection are summarized in the study flow diagram figure. Searches of databases, review of reference lists of published studies, and review of gray literature resulted in 7,274 potentially relevant articles. After dual review of abstracts and titles 1,836 studies were selected for full-text review. 174 studies (with results published in 182 full-text articles) were included in this review.

Figure 4Study flow diagram: Comparative effectiveness of treatment for pressure ulcers

CCRCT = Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; CDSR = Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; CINAHL = Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature; DARE = Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness; EBM Reviews = Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews; Embase = Excerpta Medica Database; HTA = Health Technology Assessment; MEDLINE = Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online

a The code for “Unable to obtain” includes conference proceedings without full text publications (33), untranslatable foreign language texts (33), unobtainable full texts, excluded as abstracts (23), and articles that were not available (22). The full text code for “Not relevant” includes non-English language articles, animal studies, wrong study design, and other excluded articles for which existing codes did not apply.

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