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Table 2 Information reported by reports about included SRs

From: Identifying approaches for assessing methodological and reporting quality of systematic reviews: a descriptive study

Assessment of characteristics at the report level Reports assessing MQ only Reports assessing MQ and RQ or RQ only All reports
N = 50, n (%) N = 26, n (%) N = 76, n (%)
Source of funding 25 (50) 19 (73) 44 (58)
Conflict of interest 22 (44) 12 (46) 34 (45)
Heterogeneity investigated 32 (64) 15 (58) 47 (62)
Meta-analysis results reported 22 (44) 10 (38) 32 (42)
Updated reviews 6 (12) 7 (27) 13 (17)
Publication bias 25 (50) 13 (50) 38 (50)
Limitations discussed 2 (4) 14 (54) 16 (21)
Critically appraised abstracts 0 (0) 22 (85) 22 (29)
Interpretation consistent with results 21 (42) 8 (31) 29 (38)
Provided quantitative summary of quality or reporting across reviews 29 (58) 16 (62) 45 (59)
  1. MQ methodological quality, RQ reporting quality