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Table 3 Quality assessment using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool

From: Which aspects of health care are most valued by people living with HIV in high-income countries? A systematic review

First author/year Type of study Screening questions Qualitative Quantitative descriptive
   Are there clear qualitative or quantitative research questions, or a clear mixed methods research question? Do the data collected address the research question? 1.1 Are the sources of qualitative data relevant to address the research question? 1.2 Is the process for analysing qualitative data relevant to address research question? 1.3 Is appropriate consideration given to how findings relate to the context in which data were collected? 1.4 Is appropriate consideration given to how findings relate to researchers’ influence through interaction with participants? 4.1 Is the sampling strategy relevant to address the research question? 4.2 Is the sample representative of the population under study? 4.3 Are measurements appropriate (clear origin, or validity known, or standard instrument)? 4.4 Is there an acceptable response rate (60% or above?)
Allan (2005) [20] Qualitative** Yes Yes Can’t tell Yes Yes Can’t tell - - - -
Baker (2014) [18] Quantitative** Yes Yes - - - - Yes Can’t tell Yes Can’t tell
Bennett (2014) [27] Qualitative** Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell - - - -
Bodenlos (2004) [34] Quantitative**** Yes Yes - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dang (2012) [12] Quantitative**** Yes Yes - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Davis-Michaud (2004) [22] Mixed* Yes Yes No Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell Can’t tell No Yes Can’t tell
Dawson-Rose (2005) [21] Qualitative*** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell - - - -
Emlet (2002) [30] Quantitative*** Yes Yes - - - - Yes Yes Yes No
Harrison (2009) [31] Quantitative* Yes Yes - - - - Can’t tell Can’t tell Yes Can’t tell
Hekkink (2003) [23] Mixed*** Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell Yes Yes Yes No
Hekkink (2005) [32] Quantitative**** Yes Yes - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hope (2001) [33] Quantitative*** Yes Yes - - - - Yes Can’t tell Yes Yes
Laschinger (2005) [24] Qualitative** Yes Yes Can’t tell Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell - - - -
Mallinson (2007) [25] Qualitative**** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell - - - -
McCoy (2005) [26] Qualitative**** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - - - -
Moore (2010) [15] Mixed** Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell Can’t tell No Yes Yes
Ndirangu (2009) [16] Qualitative*** Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell - - - -
Pollard (2015) [29] Qualitative*** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell - - - -
Sullivan (2000) [35] Quantitative**** Yes Yes - - -   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tsasis (2010) Quantitative** Yes Yes - - - - Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell Yes
Vyavaharkar (2008) [17] Qualitative*** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell - - - -
Williams (2011) [28] Qualitative* Yes Yes Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell Can’t tell - - - -
Zablosta (2009) Quantitative** Yes Yes - - - - Yes Can’t tell Yes No
  1. For qualitative and quantitative studies:* = one criterion met;** = 2 criteria met; *** = 3 criteria met; **** = 4 criteria met; For mixed methods studies the quality score is the lowest score of the study components:* = one criterion met for either qualitative or quantitative components;** = 2 criteria met for either qualitative or quantitative components;*** = 3 criteria met for either qualitative or quantitative components**** = 4 criteria met for both qualitative or quantitative components