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Table 4 Critical appraisal scores for studies reporting on the barriers to the application of research findings in CAM

From: Barriers to the conduct and application of research in complementary and alternative medicine: a systematic review

Study Database Criterion 1 Criterion 2 Criterion 3 Criterion 4 Criterion 5 Criterion 6 Criterion 7 Criterion 8 Criterion 9 Criterion 10 Criterion 11 Criterion 12 Total Score
Alcantara & Leach 2015 [36] MEDLINE Y Y Y CT Y CT N Y Y Y Y Y 9 / 12
Bussières et al. 2015 [37] MEDLINE Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 11 / 12
Leach & Gillman 2011 [50] CINAHL Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 12 / 12
Roecker et al. 2013 [53] MEDLINE Y Y Y Y Y CT Y Y Y Y Y Y 11 / 12
Schneider et al. 2015 [51] MEDLINE Y Y Y CT Y CT Y Y Y Y Y Y 10 / 12
Tilburt et al. 2009 [52] Embase Y Y Y Y Y Y Y y Y Y Y Y 12 / 12
Walker et al. 2013 [38] MEDLINE Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 11 / 12
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  2. Criterion 1. Did the study address a clearly focused question/issue?
  3. Criterion 2. Is the research method (study design) appropriate for answering the research question?
  4. Criterion 3. Is the method of selection of the subjects (employees, teams, divisions, organisations) clearly described?
  5. Criterion 4. Did the sampling strategy avoid selection bias?
  6. Criterion 5. Was the sample of subjects representative with regard to the population to which the findings referred?
  7. Criterion 6. Was the sample size based on pre-study considerations of statistical power?
  8. Criterion 7. Was a satisfactory response rate (40%) achieved?
  9. Criterion 8. Are the measurements (questionnaires) likely to be valid and reliable?
  10. Criterion 9. Were appropriate statistical tests applied?
  11. Criterion 10. Are confidence intervals given for the main results?
  12. Criterion 11. Have the confounding factors been accounted for?
  13. Criterion 12. Can the results be applied to your organisation?
  14. Yes = Y; Cannot tell = CT; No = N