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Table 9 Quality of qualitative studies (studies included in the review)

From: A systematic review of the health, social and financial impacts of welfare rights advice delivered in healthcare settings

Authors (date) Sample Size Sample composition Sample selection strategy Data collection method Analytical method
Abbott & Hobby (2002)[34] 6 clients illustrative of "complex interactions between social situation, income and health" interviews development of case studies
Actions (2004)[81] Not stated clients Not stated questionnaire with free text non stated – verbatim reporting of free text comments
Bowran (1997)[85] 25 17 successful claimants, 7 unsuccessful claimants all those seen in 1996 invited to take part, 43 consented, purposefully sampled unstructured interviews grounded theory
Emanuel & Begum (2000)[90] 10 10 clients 5 users whose HADS/MYMOP improved, 5 users whose HADS/MYMOP didn't improve/worsened semi-structured interviews thematic analysis
Farmer & Kennedy (2001)[91] 8 4 clients after advice given, 4 clients before and after advice given clients seen after chosen by random selection, clients seen before and after approached in waiting room and asked to take part semi-structured interviews development of case studies and inductive thematic analysis
Fleming & Golding (1997)[92] 27 clients all clients who gave consent semi-structured interviews not stated – description of apparently important areas reported
Galvin et al (2000)[67, 94] 10 clients service users those with multiple and complex needs "focused interviews" illuminative evaluation, thematic content analysis
Knight (2002)[103] 28 service users not stated focus groups and telephone unstructured interviews thematic analysis
MacMillan & CAB Partnership (2004)[106] 38 clients Those clients who gave permission to be contacted for research telephone interview not stated – verbatim reporting of comments given
Moffatt et al (2004)[70] 11 all white, 7 women, age range 46–76 years, all unemployed/retired/unable to work, all chronic health problems, 8 never used welfare advice before purposeful of those who benefited financially semi-structured interviews establish analytical categories, grouping into overarching key themes
Moffatt (2004)[109] 25 14 in intervention arm, 14 female, mean age 75 purposeful to get those who did and didn't receive intervention and those who did and didn't benefit financially semi-structured interviews development of conceptual framework and thematic charting
Reading et al (2002)[72] 10 5 service users and 5 non-service users who were eligible and expressed debt concerns at start of project random selection of two groups represented semi-structure interviews modified grounded theory with more descriptive approach
Sherratt et al (2000)[77] 41 13 patients 4 patients randomly chosen per month and invited to take part semi-structured interviews with clients, focus groups with staff thematic analysis
Woodcock (2004)[117] Not stated clients all clients seen sent satisfaction questionnaire postal questionnaire with free text not stated – verbatim reporting of few text comments