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Table 4 Quality appraisal of qualitative studies assessing barriers and/or enablers

From: Barriers to and enablers of uptake of antiretroviral therapy in integrated HIV and tuberculosis treatment programmes in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Criteria Kumwenda, 2011 Levin, 2006 Nansera, 2010 Njozing, 2011 Ndagijimana, 2015 Wajanga, 2014 Chileshe, 2010
1. Was there a clear statement of the aims of the research? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2. Is a qualitative methodology appropriate? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
3. Was the research design appropriate to address the aims of the research? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
4. Was the recruitment strategy appropriate to the aims of the research? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
5. Was the data collected in a way that addressed the research issue? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
6. Has the relationship between researcher and participants been adequately considered? No No No No No No No
7. Have ethical issues been taken into consideration? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
8. Was the data analysis sufficiently rigorous? Yes Can’t tell Can’t tell Yes Yes Yes Yes
9. Is there a clear statement of findings? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
10. How valuable is the research? Very Very Very Very Very Very Very
Overall risk of bias Minimal Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Overall Rating/Comment Good Fair Fair Good Good Good Good