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Appendix Figure 1. Summary of Literature Search and Selection: Effectiveness and Harms of Screening (Text Description)
Appendix Figure 1, entitled: "Summary of literature search and selection: effectiveness and harms of screening," displays an accounting of studies reviewed for the first two key questions in the evidence report (“Does PSA-based screening decrease prostate cancer-specific or all-cause mortality?” and “What are the harms of PSA-based screening for prostate cancer?”). 379 unique articles were identified through searches of online databases and other sources as being potentially relevant to the evidence report. Of those, 278 were excluded at the title and 85 at the abstract level for not meeting inclusion criteria. The full text of 16 studies were reviewed for inclusion in the evidence report. Of those, 9 were excluded for not meeting inclusion criteria. The remaining 7 studies (in 8 publications) were included in the final evidence report.