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Table 2 Quality assessment of qualitative studies

From: Nurses’ worry or concern and early recognition of deteriorating patients on general wards in acute care hospitals: a systematic review

First author, year Reference Qualitative approach appropriate? Aim/literature/theory Study design Data collection methods Validity: Role researcher Validity: Description context Validity: Reliability methods Validity: Rigorous+ /not rigorous - /not sure or not reported ± Analysis: Rich+ /poor - /not sure or not reported ± Analysis: Reliable+ /unreliable - / not sure or not reported ± Analysis: Findings convincing Analysis: Findings relevant to aim of study Analysis: Conclusion adequate Ethical considerations
Appropriate +/inappropriate - /not sure ± Clear +/unclear- /mixed ± Defensible +/not defensible - /not sure ± Appropriate+ /inappropriate - /not sure ± Clear+ /unclear - /not described ± Clear+ /unclear- /not sure ± Reliable/unreliable - /not sure ± Convincing+ /not convincing - /not sure ± Relevant+ /irrelevant - /partially relevant ± Adequate+ /inadequate - / not sure ± Clear+ /unclear - /not sure or not reported ±
Andrews, 2005 [11] + + ± - ± ± ± + + ± ± + + +
Cioffi, 2009 [26] ± + ± + ± + ± ± ± ± + + + +
Cioffi, 2000 [27] + + + + ± + ± ± + + + + ± ±
Cox, 2006 [30] + ± ± ± + ± - + + ± + + + +
Donaldson, 2009 [31] + + + ± ± ± + + - + ± + ± -
Endacott, 2007 [33] + ± ± + ± + + ± ± ± + + ± +
Gazarian, 2010 [34] + + + ± ± + ± ± + ± + + + ±
Leach, 2010 [35] + ± + ± ± ± ± + ± ± - + + -
Massey, 2014 [36] + + + + + + + + ± ± + + ± +
McDonnell, 2013 [37] + + + + - + ± ± ± ± + + ± +
Minick, 2003 [38] + + + ± ± + + + + ± + + + ±
Pattison, 2011 [39] + + + + ± ± ± + + ± + + + +
Williams, 2011 [40] + + + + + + ± + + ± + + + +