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Table 4 Main methodological approach of included papers (n = 113).

From: Community hospitals – the place of local service provision in a modernising NHS: an integrative thematic literature review

Methodological approach Number of papers
Systematic review 1
Randomised controlled trial 1
Controlled trial – not randomised 1
Other experimental design 1
Observational design (cohort, case-control, time series) 15
Cross-sectional survey, questionnaire 23
Case series, case study, audit 10
Descriptive 22
Qualitative research 3
Expert group opinion 3
Expert opinion (generally single author) 17
Economic study 3
Commentary/Non-systematic review 10
Unknown/Paper unavailable 3