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Table 2 Study inclusion and exclusion criteria

From: Understanding the complexities of antibiotic prescribing behaviour in acute hospitals: a systematic review and meta-ethnography

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
• Primary research studies reporting doctors` views and experiences of antimicrobial prescribing in acute hospital settings, including adult and paediatrics
• Used qualitative methods of data collection (e.g., interviews, focus groups) and inductive analysis (e.g., grounded theory, phenomenological analysis)
• Mixed-methods studies only if the qualitative data are discreet and findings reported adequately
• Studies carried out in countries considered to have a developed healthcare system according to international classification
• Published in English language between 2007 and 2017
• Primary research reporting doctors` views and experiences of prescribing other treatments or other aspects of prescribing e.g., costs, effectiveness.
• Research on prescribing antibiotics in other settings e.g., primary care or residential settings
• Studies conducted in countries not considered to have a developed health care systema
• Sample including prescribers other than acute hospital doctors e.g., general practitioners or nurses
• Studies that did not report primary qualitative data collection and analyses e.g., quantitative research, descriptive case studies, commentaries, editorials, reviews. Mixed-methods studies where qualitative data were not reported separately
  1. See Additional file 1for full definitions