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Table 7 Credibility assessment of subgroup analyses

From: An approach to addressing subpopulation considerations in systematic reviews: the experience of reviewers supporting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Study name Sub-population Was a subgroup effect detected? Likelihood that subgroup effects are SPURIOUS Likelihood of CONFOUNDING of subgroup analysis Likelihood of inadequate POWER to detect subgroup differences Overall ratinga
Study A Ex. Age Indicate whether the study found a difference in effects for this subgroup
(i.e., yes, no)
Enter credibility assessment here
(e.g., very likely, somewhat likely, unlikely, unclear, not applicable) and any relevant notes
Enter credibility assessment here
(e.g., very likely, somewhat likely, unlikely, unclear) and any relevant notes
Enter credibility assessment here
(e.g., very likely, somewhat likely, unlikely, unclear) and any relevant notes
Enter overall credibility rating here
(e.g., low, moderate, high, or uncertain) and any relevant notes, including overall quality concerns for the study
  1. aThe overall rating should reflect consideration of general quality issues in the study.