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Peer Support for Diabetes, Heart Disease and HIV/AIDS: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-effectiveness, and Guidelines [Internet]. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2013 Nov 8.

METHODS

Literature Search Strategy

A limited literature search was conducted on key resources including PubMed, The Cochrane Library (2013, Issue 10), University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) databases, Canadian and major international health technology agencies, as well as a focused Internet search. Methodological filters were applied to limit retrieval to health technology assessments, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, economic studies and guidelines. The search was also limited to English language documents published between Jan 1, 2008 and Oct 10, 2013.

Selection Criteria and Methods

One reviewer screened the titles and abstracts of the retrieved publications, selected potentially relevant articles for retrieval of full-text publications for further investigation and evaluated the full-text publications for final selection, according to the criteria listed in Table 1.

Table 1. Selection Criteria.

Table 1

Selection Criteria.

Exclusion Criteria

Articles were excluded if they did not meet the selection criteria in Table 1, if they were about mental disease (this condition is the topic of a separate Rapid Response review), if they were published prior to January 2008, if they were duplicate publications of the same study, or if they were referenced in a selected systematic review.

Critical Appraisal of Individual Studies

The quality of the included systematic reviews, trials, cost evaluations, and guidelines was assessed using the AMSTAR,7 Downs and Black,8 Drummond,9 and AGREE10 checklists, respectively. Numeric scores were not calculated. Instead, the strengths and limitations of the studies are summarized and presented.

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