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Table 1 Quality assessment using AMSTAR guidelines

From: Non-communicable diseases research output in the Eastern Mediterranean region: an overview of systematic reviews

AMSTAR quality grouping (range)NumberPercent
  Low (0–4)7483.1
  Medium (5–8)1415.7
  High (9–11)11.1
Item analyses% yes
 1.Was an “a priori” design provided?13.5
 2.Was there duplicate study selection and data extraction?21.4
 3.Was a comprehensive literature search performed?20.2
 4.Was the status of publication (i.e., grey literature) used as an inclusion criterion?19.1
 5.Was a list of studies (included and excluded) provided?3.4
 6.Were the characteristics of the included studies provided?95.5
 7.Was the scientific quality of the included studies assessed and documented?31.5
 8.Was the scientific quality of the included studies used appropriately in formulating conclusions?21.4
 9.Were the methods used to combine the findings of studies appropriate?52.8
 10.Was the likelihood of publication bias assessed?15.7
 11.Were potential conflicts of interest included?0.0