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What should I look for when evaluating a chart review study?

1. Trained chart abstractors
2. Explicit criteria for case selection and exclusion
3. Defined study variables
4. Standardized abstraction forms for data collection
5. Periodic meetings among researchers to resolve abstraction disputes
6. Monitored performance of abstractors
7. Blinded chart reviewers
8. Measures of interrater agreement

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