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Table 3 Characteristics of selected studies.

From: The effectiveness of computerized clinical guidelines in the process of care: a systematic review

Variables Countries
   Europe USA Oceania
Study design Observational 2 (33.3%) 4 (66.7%) 0 (0.0%)
  Experimental 9 (23.1%) 29 (74.3%) 1 (2.6%)
Type of patients Inpatient 2 (28.6%) 5 (71.4%) 0 (0.0%)
  Outpatient 4 (23.5%) 12 (70.6%) 1 (5.9%)
Guidelines receivers Physicians 10(28.6%) 24 (68.6%) 1 (2.9%)
  Other care givers 1 (10.0%) 9 (90.0%) 0 (0%)
Population of study Simulated 1 (25.0%) 3 (75.0%) 0 (0.0%)
  Real 10(24.4%) 30 (73.2%) 1 (3.3%)
Type of centres involved in the study Non--academic 5 (22.7%) 17 (77.3%) 0 (0.0%)
  Academic 5 (25.0%) 15 (75.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Number of centres involved in the study Multicentric 7 (36.8%) 11 (57.9%) 1 (5.3%)
  Monocentric 4 (15.4%) 22 (84.6%) 0 (0.0%)
Type of guideline Preventive 1 (7.1%) 12 (85.7%) 1 (7.1%)
  Treatment 9 (32.1%) 19 (67.9%) 0 (0.0%)
  Both 1 (33.3%) 2 (66.7%) 0 (0.0%)
Type of condition Acute 2 (28.6%) 5 (71.4) 0 (0.0%)
  Chronic 6 (22.2%) 21 (77.8%) 0 (0.0%)
  Both 3 (27.3%) 7 (63.6%) 1 (9.1%)
Type of intervention Test or/and drugs 7 (29.2%) 17 (70.8%) 0 (0.0%)
  Other intervention 1 (14.3%) 6 (85.7%) 0 (0.0%)
  Both 3 (21.4%) 10 (71.4) 1 (7.1%)