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TABLE 32Table of excluded reviews

StudyReason for exclusionArea reviewed
Boer 2005324Did not search multiple databasesTraining of paraprofessionals as behaviour modifiers
Battersby 2004363Did not search multiple databasesBreastfeeding peer support cost-effectiveness
Devilly 200523Did not search multiple databasesPrison-based peer education
Durlak 1979364Did not search multiple databasesForty-two studies comparing the effectiveness of professional and paraprofessional

Helpers – mental health therapy
Fogelholm 2002365Did not search multiple databasesCommunity interventions for prevention of CVD
Forster 2007366Primarily addressing self management of chronic disease – not lifestyle adviceSelf-management of chronic conditions
Hill 1995367Did not search multiple databasesNurses and health workers CVD
Hattie 1984368Search strategy not describedProfessional and paraprofessional counsellors – meta-analysis
Logsdon 2004326Review only included studies with statistically significant resultsParaprofessional support for pregnant and parenting women
Nash 1978369Did not search multiple databasesParaprofessionals and community mental health
Parkin 2000370Did not search multiple databasesHistory of peer education techniques and outlines some of the definitional diversity in attempts at characterising peer education projects
Persily 2003327The search for and identification of studies was not systematic

The reviewers used a variety of search terms (not specified), an exhaustive search of the literature was conducted using several large electronic databases (not specified). Twenty-five citations that directly related to lay home visiting in pregnancy were found. Additional citations were located by reviewing the reference lists of relevant lists of relevant articles. Particular attention was paid to those manuscripts referred to by more than one author. Studies carried out within the last 15 years were desired; however, those considered to be foundational or classic work were also included (criteria for foundational or classic were not specified)
Pregnancy, breastfeeding
Ross 2002371Did not search multiple databasesCommunity HIV/STD prevention programmes
Rossman 2007372Search strategy not describedBreastfeeding peer counsellors in the USA
Scott 1999373Did not search multiple databasesContinuous support from doula in childbirth
Torres 2002–3374Did not search multiple databasesNineteen articles on sex education in Latino populations
Valente 2007328Although 191 studies were identified they were not cited so the association between the studies and the review's conclusions could not be corroboratedTen techniques used to identify opinion leaders to promote behaviour change
Walt 198832Did not search multiple databasesAre national CHWs programmes in crisis
Wilson 2008375Did not search multiple databasesExpert Patients Programme
Wilson 2006376Did not search multiple databasesExpert Patients Programme

From: Appendix 1, Review of reviews

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An Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative and Quantitative Research on Component Intervention Techniques, Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, Equity and Acceptability of Different Versions of Health-Related Lifestyle Advisor Role in Improving Health.
Health Technology Assessment, No. 15.9.
Carr SM, Lhussier M, Forster N, et al.
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