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Table 3 Participants background and experience

From: A qualitative study into the difficulties experienced by healthcare decision makers when reading a Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy review

Review Professional background (code used in the quotes) Knowledge of the clinical area DTA-related knowledge Systematic review methods Academic role within university Policy- making experience
Galactomannan detection for invasive aspergillosis in immune-compromized patients Hematologist (H1) Yes Good Some Yes Yes
  Hematologist (H2) Yes Good Some Yes Yes
Policy maker (PM1) No Some Good Yes Yes
Systematic reviewer (SR1) No Little Good Yes No
Health economist (HE1) No Little Good No No
Systematic reviewer (SR2) No Good Good Yes Yes
Physical examination for lumbar radiculopathy due to disc herniation in patients with low back pain GP (GP1) Yes Little Little No No
GP (GP2) Yes Little Little No No
Physiotherapist (PH1) Yes Little Good Yes No
GP (GP3) Yes Good Good No Yes
Physiotherapist (PH2) Yes Good Good Yes Yes
Policy maker (PM2) Yes Good Good Yes Yes
  Policy maker (PM3) No Some Good Yes Yes
MRI versus CT for detection of acute vascular lesions in patients presenting with stroke symptoms Radiologist (R1) Yes Little Little No No
Systematic reviewer (SR3) No Little Some No No
Health economist (HE2) No Good Good No Yes
Health economist (HE3) No Little Some No No
Systematic reviewer (SR4) No Little Good Yes No
Systematic reviewer (SR5) No Good Good Yes No
Systematic reviewer (SR6) Yes Some Good Yes No
Policy maker (PM4) Yes Good Good Yes Yes
  1. Legend: DTA-related knowledge and systematic review methods: ‘Little’ - the participant has poor understanding of basic DTA concepts such as sensitivity and specificity/little understanding of systematic review methods; ‘Some’ - good understanding of basic DTA concepts/general idea of systematic review methods; ‘Good’ - familiar with DTA theory/systematic review methods.