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Table 1 Quality assessment of the qualitative studies

From: Barriers and facilitators to adherence to walking group exercise in older people living with dementia in the community: a systematic review

Reference Theoretical approach Study design Data collection Validity Analysis Ethics
1.1 1.2 2.1 3.1 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 6.1
Bantry Whyte and Montgomery, 2015 [35] + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Phinney et al., 2016 [36] + + ? ? + + + ? ? + + + + +
Van Alphen et al., 2016 [34] + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
King et al., 2017 [37] + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
  1. + yes/good; no/not good;? not sure/dubious
  2. + yes/good; no/not good; ? not sure/dubious
  3. 1. Theoretical approach
  4. 1.1 Is a qualitative approach appropriate? 1.2 Is the study clear in what it seeks to do?
  5. 2. Study design
  6. 2.1 How defensible/rigorous is the research design/methodology?
  7. 3. Data collection
  8. 3.1 How well was the data collection carried out?
  9. 4. Validity
  10. 4.1 Is the role of the researcher clearly described?; 4.2 Is the context clearly described?; 4.3 Were the methods reliable?
  11. 5. Analysis
  12. 5.1 Is the data analysis sufficiently rigorous?; 5.2 Are the data “rich”?; 5.3 Is the analysis reliable?; 5.4 Are the findings convincing?; 5.5 Are the findings relevant to the aims of the study?; 5.6 Are the conclusions adequate?
  13. 6. Ethics
  14. 6.1 How clear and coherent is the reporting of ethical consideration?