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Table 2 Criteria used for assessment of qualitative studies

From: Delivery of health care for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases among people living with HIV/AIDS in African countries: a systematic review protocol

1. Research aim(s) was/were clearly stated
2. Qualitative methods are an appropriate approach to this issue
3. Study design was suitable for answering the research question
4. Recruitment strategy was appropriate for the aims of the research
5. Data collection was adequate for answering the research question
6. Relationship between researcher and participants was adequately considered
7. Other potential ethical issues were adequately considered
8. Data analysis was of sufficient rigor
9. Findings were clearly stated
10. Research adds value to science, practice, and/or policy