2.1. Search Strategies
This protocol is extracted from research article:
Review of Workplace Based Aerosol Sampler Comparison Studies, 2004–2020
Int J Environ Res Public Health, Jun 25, 2021; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18136819

The search strategies discussed in this section are for both workplace and laboratory-based sampler comparison study reviews.

The literature search was conducted in Web of Science and PubMed for studies published between 2004 and 2020 using the following search terms: (compare OR comparison* OR evaluat* OR efficiency OR performance) AND sampler* AND (aerosol OR particulate).

The inclusion criteria for the screening process included: articles published in English, field (workplace) comparison studies, laboratory/wind tunnel-based comparison studies, contained a comparison of at least two particulate samplers, and sampler efficiency and performance tests. The exclusion criteria used for the screening process were articles that included samplers that cannot be used in the assessment of personal workplace exposure, vapour/gas samplers, bio aerosol samplers, direct reading instruments, and studies and devices that were reported to be used for assessing environmental air quality (particulate matter samplers). Articles that did not include a sampler comparison were also excluded. The inclusion/exclusion criteria were performed firstly on the title and abstracts of the article, followed by screening of the full text of articles.

Figure 1 summarizes the review process. The initial search retrieved 2334 publications. These were subsequently reduced to 532 publications after duplicates were removed and title screening. The number of relevant publications were then reduced to 181 publications following abstract screening. These were then subsequently screened for relevance by full text screening. Twenty-two publications were identified as relevant as sampler comparison studies in workplace settings and were subject to data extraction.

PRISMA Flow Diagram for sampler comparison review.

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