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Table 1 Quality rating assessment criteria*

From: The standard of healthcare accreditation standards: a review of empirical research underpinning their development and impact

For all study designs Assessment criteria
  Clearly specified and appropriate research question
Clear details and justification of study design, including selection of cases and controls
Detailed description of research setting, data collection methods and type of analysis performed
Logical presentation and discussion of results and study conclusions
Adequate sample size and response rate (>60%) relative to study design
Overall ratings Assessment criteria
+++ All of the above criteria fulfilled
++ Almost all of the above criteria fulfilled, and those criteria that were not fulfilled were thought unlikely to alter the conclusions of the study
+ Some of the criteria were fulfilled, and those criteria that were not fulfilled were thought unlikely to alter the conclusions of the study
  1. *adapted from Cunningham et al. 2011.