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Glossary of Terms

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Inclusion Criteria

Definition: The criteria, or standards, set out before a study or review. Inclusion criteria are used to determine whether a person can participate in a research study or whether an individual study can be included in a systematic review. Inclusion criteria may include gender, age, type of disease being treated, previous treatments, and other medical conditions. Inclusion criteria help identify suitable participants.

Example: For example, researchers in a study of medicines for high blood pressure would enroll only people who have high blood pressure. An inclusion criterion for this study would be having the diagnosis of high blood pressure.

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