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Table 3 The consensus statement for TDABC studies in healthcare in a checklist format

From: A standardized framework to evaluate the quality of studies using TDABC in healthcare: the TDABC in Healthcare Consortium Consensus Statement

TDABC elements Mandatory Strongly suggested, but not mandatory Suggested Option Do not include Classification Paper section
(#) 1.1 It is defined if the results are being explored for general health service management or redesign and value or only to assess costs? 41% 53% 0% 0% 0% Strongly Suggested, but not mandatory Introduction
(#) 1.2 Is the clinical pathway, technology or procedure studied justified because of an interest from government, hospital, society or a Health Technology Assessment Analysis? 29% 35% 29% 6% 0% Mandatory Introduction
(#) 1.3 Are study limitations being presented? 94% 0% 0% 6% 0% Mandatory Discussion
(#) 1.4 Is the TDABC method selection being justified? 59% 12% 24% 6% 0% Mandatory Introduction
(#) 2.1 Are authors using specific methodologies to design the care pathway? 47% 24% 24% 6% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 2.2 Are authors using a multidisciplinary team to apply the TDABC? (Design the process, correctly consider clinical characteristics, correctly evaluate costs) 47% 35% 12% 6% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 2.3 Are authors reporting activities in the process map on a macro level? 59% 24% 6% 12% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 2.4 Are authors reporting activities in the process map on a micro level? 59% 12% 6% 12% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 2.5 Is the full process map (or a part of) being presented in a picture or graphic display? 35% 29% 24% 12% 0% Mandatory Results
(#) 3.1 Is a table or a map being presented to illustrate the association between activities and resources? 24% 47% 18% 12% 0% Strongly Suggested, but not mandatory Results
(#) 3.2 Are the resources that are included in the analysis being defined and justified? 41% 41% 18% 0% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 3.3 Are authors reporting observation in-situ approach to better identify resources used in each activity? 29% 41% 18% 12% 0% Mandatory Results
(#) 3.4 Are the authors interviewing the professionals to better identify resources used in each activity? 47% 35% 6% 6% 6% Mandatory Results
(#) 4.1 When using hospital financial database, it is being stated how those data were collected and analyzed? 47% 29% 18% 6% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 4.2 Are authors defining the currency and applying discount taxes when it is necessary? 29% 35% 24% 12% 0% Strongly Suggested, but not mandatory Methods
(#) 4.3 When using external financial databases, is there a description of the database and how those data were accessed? 41% 53% 0% 6% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 4.4 When mixed financial databases are being used (for example, salaries from external reference and structural costs from the hospital) is the origin of each data variable being stated? 53% 35% 12% 0% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 4.5 Did the authors explaining how the overhead costs are being considered? 53% 29% 12% 0% 6% Mandatory Methods
(#) 5.1 Are authors defining if the capacity data used represents the total capacity per resource or it is being considered an expected idleness? 41% 24% 24% 0% 12% Mandatory Methods
(#) 5.2 When authors are considering an expected idleness, it is explained how actual performance data were collected and analyzed? 29% 41% 12% 12% 6% Mandatory Methods
(#) 6.1 Are authors explaining how time data were collected? 76% 18% 6% 6% 0% Mandatory Methods
(#) 6.2 Are authors using interviews with professionals crossed with medical record review to estimate time data? 29% 53% 18% 0% 0% Strongly Suggested, but not mandatory Methods
(#) 6.3 When using chronanalysis, it is being explained how the sample of data was defined? 35% 35% 12% 6% 6% Mandatory Methods
(#) 6.4 Is it being explained if the chronanalysis used a digital technology to collect real time data, such as mobile app, wearable, drone, etc.? 12% 47% 29% 12% 0% Strongly Suggested, but not mandatory Methods
(#) 7.1 Is the median or average cost per patient (or per technology) being calculated? 65% 29% 0% 6% 0% Mandatory Result and Discussion
(*) 7.2 Are authors presenting the cost per each patient included in the sample? (Chart bar, table, etc.)? 41% 29% 24% 6% 0% Mandatory Result and Discussion
(*) 7.3 Is the median or average cost per activity on a macro level being presented? 53% 18% 29% 0% 0% Mandatory Result and Discussion
(*) 7.4 Is the median or average cost per activity on a micro level being presented? 29% 24% 24% 24% 0% Mandatory Result and Discussion
(*) 7.5 Is the median or average cost per resource being presented? 41% 35% 18% 6% 0% Mandatory Result and Discussion
(#*) 7.6 Are authors performing capacity idleness analysis? 18% 53% 12% 12% 6% Strongly Suggested, but not mandatory Result and Discussion
(*) 7.7 Are authors exploring statistical analyses to better understand costs along the process of care? 29% 47% 18% 6% 0% Strongly Suggested, but not mandatory Result and Discussion
(#*) 7.8 If the objective was to use the study to support management and value decisions, are authors reporting how value increasing was achieved or if they are planning to achieve it? 29% 53% 6% 12% 0% Strongly Suggested, but not mandatory Result and Discussion
  1. The columns ‘Mandatory, Strongly suggested, but not mandatory, Suggested, Option and Do not include’ present the relative frequency of answers observed for each recommendation level. The column ‘Classification’ contains the final level of recommendation attributed for each element, and the ‘Paper Section’ column indicates which article section each element should be posted by the authors
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