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Table 5 Themes, categories and transferability factors identified in content analysis of included checklists

From: Systematic mapping of checklists for assessing transferability

Theme Subtheme Category of criteria Number of studies (N)
Population   Participant characteristics 20
Characteristics of illness (description of condition and comorbidities, other risk for adverse effects) 8
The acceptability of the intervention to the participants 4
Source of referral (where patients/clients are referred from, e.g., specialist or general practice) 2
Participants’ preferences regarding the intervention 2
Participant need for/access to information about the intervention 2
Availability of personal support for participants 1
Participants’ exposure to other interventions or previous exposure to current intervention 1
Participant compliance 1
Participant satisfaction with the intervention 1
Intervention Intervention characteristics Intervention design (complexity and clarity) 5
Intervention theory 4
Category of intervention (policy, practice, program, guideline) 2
Name of the intervention 1
Intervention delivery Can the intervention be tailored for different settings? 5
How often/intensely was the intervention delivered? (Frequency/intensity) 4
In which settings was the intervention delivered? (physical setting, etc.) 3
How long the intervention was implemented? (duration) 2
What materials/manuals were used to deliver the intervention? 2
Standard procedures for the intervention in a real life setting? 2
Intervention delivery details (generally) 1
Who pays for the intervention? 1
Implementation context (immediate) Service providers (individuals) Skills of service providers 8
Training of service providers 6
Type of service provider 5
Service provider characteristics 2
Monitoring and supervision of service providers 2
Factors that affect motivation of service providers 2
Service provider compliance 1
Number of service providers 1
Implementing organization Essential resources (e.g., financial, human, material resources for development, testing, implementation and recruiting) 9
Culture of the implementing organization (e.g., missions, mandates, climate, readiness for implementation) 6
Size and structure of the implementing organization 5
Organizational policies (e.g., administrative, personnel, hierarchies) 3
Implementing organization—interagency working relationships 2
Implementing organization—financing methods 1
Implementing organization level or specialty of care 1
Motivation of implementing organization 1
Identification of implementing organization 1
Communication regarding implementation 1
Endorsement of the intervention 1
Ease of trial implementation (ability to do a small scale introduction of the intervention) 1
Is it feasible for the implementing organization to implement the intervention? 7
How does the intervention work over time (e.g., Evolution/sustainability of intervention) 3
Implementation fidelity (consistency of intervention delivery across staff and intervention components, consider process evaluations) 5
Support for implementing the intervention 1
Comparison intervention   Characteristics of usual services 2
Quality of comparison intervention 1
Type of comparison condition 1
Skills of service providers for comparison condition 1
Duration of comparison condition 1
Interventions accompanying comparison condition 1
Procedures for implementing comparison intervention 1
Outcomes   Key outcomes are considered, including those that are important to the client/patient 6
Adverse effects are considered 4
Costs associated with intervention 3
Details of follow-up period 4
Organizational/societal level outcomes 3
How are outcomes measured 3
Sensitivity analyses conducted 2
Consistency of findings 1
Surrogate outcomes are used 2
Environmental context   Temporal context (e.g., if the intervention has changed over time) 2
Regulatory context (local regulation or legislature) 2
Political context (political acceptability) 5
Systems context (Health systems arrangements) 6
Community need (baseline prevalence/risk status) 12
Social acceptability at community level 6
Social context generally (including racial/ethnic issues) 3
Local professional/expert opinion 1
Alternative interventions offered at the same time 4
Co-interventions offered to/necessary for participants 1
Physical or geographic setting 9
Researcher conduct   Participation rate 5
How participants were selected 5
Eligibility criteria of participants in a study 4
Length and details of the run-in period 3
How participants were recruited 1