Display all Checklists Relevant to a Particular Question in a Single Table
Because we are interested in the findings of many research studies as they relate to a particular question, the information from each Quality Criteria Checklist is combined into a single report. All checklists that are connected to worksheets linked to the same evidence analysis question are compiled into a Quality Criteria Summary. This table is linked to the evidence summary and is generated electronically after the analyst has completed the quality criteria checklist for each article (see Table 3.7).
The Summary allows members of the expert workgroup to quickly view answers to the questions in the Quality Criteria Checklist in a side-by-side comparison for each research study that is relevant to a particular question. This information will assist them when they make a determination about the grade or strength of the evidence available to answer the question.
Users of the evidence library can also view this information in the tabular format. The side-by-side comparison of constructs and domains for each research article may assist the user’s understanding of the rationale for the overall grade assigned by the expert workgroup. Publishing the Summary online is another example of the Academy’s commitment to transparency.
At the end of Step 3, the following materials are available for each question on the Portal. The expert panel can review these items on the Preview site.
- The Question
- Sort List / Search Plan & Results
- Full text of each article
- Abstracted Worksheet for each article
- Quality Criteria checklists for each article
- Quality Criteria Summary combining all checklists
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