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Table 1 Inclusion criteria for subject matter experts. SMEs identified in each discipline were required to meet all the inclusion criteria

From: Models of care for musculoskeletal health: a cross-sectional qualitative study of Australian stakeholders’ perspectives on relevance and standardised evaluation

  SME discipline (a priori minimum sample size)
  Health policy/strategy or advocacy (n ≥5) Clinical practice and/or clinical/health services research (n ≥6) Health service or program delivery (n ≥5) Consumers (inclusive of carers) (n ≥5)
Inclusion Criteria At least one SME per state of WA, VIC, NSW
At least one SME reflecting each of the sub-categories below
Experience at a seniora level in musculoskeletal and/or chronic disease (that implicitly includes musculoskeletal health) health policy or advocacy for at least 1 year
Awareness of Australian musculoskeletal MoCs as defined by Briggs et al. [7]
At least one SME per state of WA, VIC, NSW
At least one SME reflecting each of the sub-categories below
Experience in delivery of clinical care for people with musculoskeletal conditions at a senior practitioner levelb for at least 5 years; or at least 5 years experience in undertaking clinical and/or health services research in musculoskeletal health at a senior levelb with evidence of peer-reviewed publication(s) in the area
Awareness of Australian musculoskeletal MoCs as defined by Briggs et al. [7]
At least one SME per state of WA, VIC, NSW
At least one SME reflecting each of the sub-categories below
Experience in health service or program delivery, coordination, management or funding related to musculoskeletal healthcare and/or chronic disease (that implicitly includes musculoskeletal health) for at least 1 year at a senior levelc
Awareness of Australian musculoskeletal MoCs as defined by Briggs et al. [7]
At least one SME per state of WA, VIC, NSW
Person lives with a chronic musculoskeletal condition (at least 5 years) or cares for someone with a chronic musculoskeletal condition (at least 5 years)
Awareness of Australian musculoskeletal MoCs as defined by Briggs et al. [7]
Sub-categories State or federal government health policy, strategy or MoC development
State or federal government policy, strategy or MoC evaluation
State or federal government health workforce policy or strategy
National-level advocacy for musculoskeletal healthcare
Clinical disciples represented
Physiotherapy
Rheumatology
General practice
Endocrinology
Pain or rehabilitation medicine
Community pharmacy
Private health insurance industry
Health service management or coordination at tertiary setting
Health service management or coordination at primary care setting
At least one female
At least one male
  1. SME subject matter expert
  2. MoC model of care
  3. aat least senior officer or manager level of employment
  4. bfellowship level for medical practitioners (e.g. FRACP, FRACGP); senior clinician level for other disciplines; associate professor level for researchers
  5. cat least at the manager or head of department level