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Table 3 Inclusion and exclusion criteria for title and abstract and full text screening

From: Childhood fussy/picky eating behaviours: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies

  Inclusion Criteria Exclusion Criteria Rationale
Methodology Qualitative studies (using both qualitative methods and analysis)
Mixed methods studies in which the qualitative component can be extracted
Quantitative studies
Review articles
Intervention studies (evaluations of interventions)
Mixed methods are included due to the small number of relevant studies available
Qualitative evaluations of interventions are excluded in order to represent family experiences of non-clinical fussy eating prior to any intervention
Dates Published between 2008 and July 2018 Published before 2008 Focus on recent research
Searching prior to 2008 would significantly increase the number of irrelevant items to screen with a low chance of identifying relevant articles
Language English Any language other than English Author resources
Target Age Children from one year to young adult Eating behaviours of infants less than one year and independent adults Broad range due to limited number of studies on childhood fussy eating Wide age range would maximise retrieval of items that would contribute to our understanding of fussy across childhood
Focus on children over one year as younger children are still being introduced to solid foods
Focus Experiences, perceptions and practices regarding fussy eating/food neophobia/food rejection/refusal (min. one relevant sentence in abstract during title and abstract screening; author stated relevant aim or objective in full text screening) Studies on: food preference without reference to fussy eating/neophobia/food refusal, breastfeeding and weaning, food insecurity, malnutrition related to poverty, intervention implementation Diverse terminology used to report ‘fussy/picky’ eating behaviours
Context Typically developing population Studies on specific populations with a diagnosis of a condition impacting eating behaviour (including diabetes, cancer, autism, other disabilities, premature infants) Studies carried out in the context of a diagnosis may not be transferable to typically developing populations
Participants Children and parents or primary caregivers Other family members, teachers, healthcare professionals Focus on family experience of fussy eating behaviours