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Table 3 PLUS approach results

From: Efficiency of pragmatic search strategies to update clinical guidelines recommendations

  Major depression in Adults 2008 [19] Obesity in childhood and adolescence 2009 [20] Prostate cancer treatment 2008 [21] Secondary prevention of stroke 2009 [22] Total
Search period (years) 5.3   4.1   4.8   5.3    
References retrieved in search for clinical guidelines, n 973   317   137   3059   4486  
Key references identified from recommendation sample, n (%)a
- Exhaustive strategy 13   32   11   13   69  
- PLUS strategy 4 (30.8) 9 (28.1) 1 (9.1) 4 (30.8) 18 (26.1)
Potential update recommendations identified from recommendation sample, n (%)a
- Exhaustive strategy 3   8   7   7   25  
- PLUS strategy 2 (66.7) 4 (50.0) 1 (14.3) 3 (42.9) 10 (40.0)
  1. aPercentage of references and recommendations identified regarding the exhaustive strategy