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Table 1 Article identification process

From: Supervision, support and mentoring interventions for health practitioners in rural and remote contexts: an integrative review and thematic synthesis of the literature to identify mechanisms for successful outcomes

Process Detail
Sampling strategy Selective: Sample databases from medicine, nursing, allied health and social science fields within specified limits
Type of study All qualitative research (grounded theory, ethnography, action research, exploratory approaches, phenomenology), quantitative research (randomised controlled trials, controlled clinical trials, controlled before and after studies, uncontrolled before and after studies) and systematic reviews
Approaches Subject searches, citation searches, contact with authors
Range of years Beginning of 1999 to end of 2009. Updated in 2013 to include beginning of 2010 to end of 2013.
Language English
Inclusion and exclusionsa Inclusion: Empirical research study of an intervention aimed at supportingb health professionals; involves rural and remote populations; report evidence of outcomes related to staff, service or patients.
Exclusion: No abstract for review, article is a commentary piece, or editorial.
Terms used Mentor + health + rural OR remote
Professional support + health + rural OR remote
Supervision + health + rural OR remote
Professional development + health + rural OR remote
Continuing professional education + health + rural OR remote
Continuing medical education + health + rural OR remote
Preceptorship + health + rural OR remote
Medical + supervision + rural OR remote
Allied health + rural OR remote
Electronic sources CINAHL Plus, EBSCOhost Health, Informit, MEDLINE OvidSP, Cochrane Library, SCOPUS, ISI Web of Knowledge, BioMed Central
  1. aDetailed in the decision tree of Table 2; bsupport refers to professional development, supervision, mentoring, continuing education, assistance, encouragement and resources that contribute to clinical practice, service delivery and staff satisfaction.