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Table 2 Eligibility criteria and examples of studies excluded

From: Evidence on the impact of Baltic Sea ecosystems on human health and well-being: a systematic map

Criteria Included Excluded
Geographical coverage Studies explicitly reporting health and well-being evidence regarding the Baltic Sea basins as defined in the Helsinki Convention [41] All studies from Germany, Denmark and Sweden West coast that did not specifically mention the Baltic Sea/Kattegat or show on a map a sampling point etc. for a Baltic Sea area
Studies related to ticks which did not indicate that ticks were collected from a coastal site
Studies with different locations mentioned with minor reference to the Baltic Sea
Population Human populations exposed to the Baltic Sea ecosystem Studies which focussed only on populations prior to the 1900s
Exposure Exposure to the Baltic Sea ecosystems Studies onboard ships, no interaction with the sea—e.g. nutrition aboard a ship but not those risks/injuries due to exposure to the weather
Studies on bycatch and discards, unless specific mention was made of the animals/birds as competitors or in conflict with the fishing industry
Studies on marine n-3-fatty acids, chemicals and hazardous substances and associated terms, unless there was specific mention of being derived from fish from the Baltic Sea (or Kattegat) or an activity based in the Baltic Sea
Outcomes Studies which explicitly assessed impacts on health and well-being Studies assessed as having Level 1 or 2 with respects to the Level of engagement with health or well-being topics (see below)