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Table 1 Analysis of evidence and development of propositions

From: Effective health care for older people resident in care homes: the optimal study protocol for realist review

1. Using the hypotheses and questions generated from stage one, provided a detailed account of the processes and the underpinning mechanisms and contains factors identified. Organisation of extracted information into evidence tables.
2. Data is themed to reflect the observed characteristics of health care working in and with care homes (taking account of confounding evidence).
3. Connections between the extracted data and the themes is examined and repeatedly tested according to the evidence to build a cumulative picture of the possible context mechanism outcomes that have a basis in the available evidence.
4. The development of propositions about different Context Mechanism Outcome (CMO) threads that the evidence indicates supports effective working in some or all of the five outcomes of interest.