Table 4

 Clinical conditions contributing data to the study

Population and topicNumber of papersNumber of disease states within papers
Current patients
Peripheral vascular disease418
Hepatitis C17
End stage renal failure (on dialysis)14
Chronic renal disease16
Gastrointestinal reflux22
Age related macular degeneration11
Osteoarthritis of hip13
Arthritis (general)11
Rheumatoid arthritis39
Survivors of extreme prematurity12
Motor neurone disease14
Systemic sclerosis11
Severe mental disease11
Uncomplicated diabetes11
Benign prostatic hyperplasia11
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease11
Oesophageal cancer14
Hypothetical patients
Supportive care, non specific16
Breast cancer14
Rheumatoid arthritis15