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Table 1 PICOTS parameters outlining inclusion/exclusion criteria for the database searches

From: Family-related non-abuse adverse life experiences occurring for adults diagnosed with eating disorders: a systematic review

Parameter Inclusion Exclusion
Population Adults who report adverse life experiences in childhood or adulthood
Adults with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, eating disorder not otherwise specified/ unspecified feeding or eating disorder, binge eating disorder
Adults with obesity who also have a diagnosis of an eating disorder
Children (age < 18)
Populations who do not have a diagnosed eating disorder
Populations with obesity but no ED
Populations not exposed to adverse/traumatic life experiences
Animal studies
Intervention/Exposure Family-related adverse/traumatic childhood experiences
Family related adverse/traumatic adulthood experiences
Childhood abuse (including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse or neglect)
Adulthood abuse (including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse or neglect)
Health problems
Social adversity (e.g. bullying at school)
Comparator Healthy control participants
Psychiatric control participants
No comparison
Outcome No restriction on outcome
Participants may or may not have recovered from their eating disorder
Timing No restriction on duration of negative life event
Negative life event can be experienced in either childhood or adulthood
Setting No restriction on setting of intervention, but article must be published in English
Articles must be peer reviewed
Articles published in language other than English
Non peer-reviewed articles