Evid Based Nurs 4:85 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.3.85
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Review: computer generated targeted and tailored interventions are modestly effective for improving patient health behaviour

 QUESTION: Are computer generated targeted and tailored interventions effective for improving patient health behaviour?

Data sources

Studies were identified by searching Medline (1966–99), HealthSTAR (1981–99), CINAHL (1982–99), Current Contents (1997–9), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1990–9), INSPEC (1969–99), PsycINFO (1967–99), Sociological Abstracts (1986–99), the Cochrane Library, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Index, Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects, Dissertation Abstracts, internet, and LEXIS-NEXIS. Key individuals were contacted, bibliographies of articles and reviews were scanned, and key journals were handsearched.

Study selection

English language studies were included if they were randomised controlled clinical trials or quasi-experimental studies with evidence of instrument reliability and validity; …

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