Table 2

Quality scoring criteria, total wieight and total score assigned.

CRITERIA

TOTAL WEIGHT

TOTAL SCORE


1

    STUDY SUBJECTS

15%

15

Study Subjects Adequately Described

Presentation Characteristics

Spectrum of severity of Symptoms

Subject Selection Criteria

Number of Subjects in Study detailed

Sample Size Determined by Power Analysis

Number Subjects Completed Study

Recruitment Procedure

2

    EXAMINERS

10%

10

Selection Criteria for Examiners Described

Background of Examiners Described

3

    REFERENCE STANDARD

15%

15

Was Reference Standard used

Reference standard procedure described / referenced

Expected Outcome Described

Validity of reference Standard

Reliability of Reference Standard

Positive or Negative Test Result Defined

4

    PALPATORY TEST

15%

15

Description of palpatory test Procedure

Expected Outcome Described

Reliability of Test Described

Positive or Negative Test Result Defined

5

    STUDY CONDITIONS

15%

15

Time Interval for Test/ Retest procedure

Examiner blinded to Clinical findings

Examiner & Subject blinded to previous study findings

Examiner & Subject blinded to Std. reference results

6

    DATA ANALYSIS

15%

15

Statistical Analysis Used

7

    RESULTS

15%

15

Results Completely Displayed or Described

P-Value Displayed or Described

Confidence Interval Displayed or Described

Study Bias Identified


Najm et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:1   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-3-1

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