Table 4

The inclusion and exclusion criteria of systematic review for TCM syndrome names

Inclusion criteriaExclusion criteria
Adult patientsTCM syndrome names cannot extracted
Any kind of interventions and comparisons are eligibleThe diagnostic criteria for TCM syndromes cannot be extracted
Both RCTs and observational studies (case series, cohort study) are eligibleFull text cannot be obtained
Sample size ≥30 in each group for RCTs, sample size ≥50 in observational studies
The language is limited to Chinese, but there is no restriction for publication status
  • RCT, randomised controlled trial; TCM, traditional Chinese medicine.