Worksheet
 
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1. Would implementing the studied intervention or procedure (if found successful) result in improved outcomes for the patients/clients/population group? (Not Applicable for some epidemiological studies)
   
2. Did the authors study an outcome (dependent variable) or topic that the patients/clients/population group would care about?
   
3. Is the focus of the intervention or procedure (independent variable) or topic of study a common issue of concern to nutrition or dietetics practice?
   
4. Is the intervention or procedure feasible? (NA for some epidemiological studies)
   
1. Was the research question clearly stated?
 
2. Was the selection of study subjects/patients free from bias?
   
3. Were study groups comparable?
       
4. Was method of handling withdrawals described?
   
5. Was blinding used to prevent introduction of bias?
   
6. Were intervention/therapeutic regimens/exposure factor or procedure and any comparison(s) described in detail? Were interveningfactors described?
   
7. Were outcomes clearly defined and the measurements valid and reliable?
   
8. Was the statistical analysis appropriate for the study design and type of outcome indicators?
   
9. Are conclusions supported by results with biases and limitations taken into consideration?
   
10. Is bias due to study’s funding or sponsorship unlikely?
     
 
Research Design and Implementation: Primary Research
  Alexy U, Sichert-Hellert W et al, 1999 Berkey CS, Rockett HRH et al, 2004 Blum JW, Jacobsen DJ et al, 2005 Faith MS, Dennison BA et al, 2006 Field A, Gillman M et al, 2003 Kral TV, Stunkard AJ et al, 2008 Libuda L, Alexy U et al, 2008 Newby PK, Peterson KE et al, 2004 Skinner JD, Carruth BR 2001 Skinner JD, Carruth BR et al, 1999 Sugimori H, Yoshida K et al 2004 Welsh JA, Cogswell ME et al, 2005
Overall Quality Rating Positive Neutral Neutral Neutral Positive Neutral Neutral Positive Positive Positive Neutral Positive
Relevance Questions
1. Would implementing the studied intervention or procedure (if found successful) result in improved outcomes for the patients/clients/population group? (Not Applicable for some epidemiological studies)
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N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
Yes
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
Yes
 
2. Did the authors study an outcome (dependent variable) or topic that the patients/clients/population group would care about?
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
N/A
 
Yes
 
3. Is the focus of the intervention or procedure (independent variable) or topic of study a common issue of concern to nutrition or dietetics practice?
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
N/A
 
Yes
 
4. Is the intervention or procedure feasible? (NA for some epidemiological studies)
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
Yes
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
Yes
 
 
Validity Questions
1. Was the research question clearly stated?
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
2. Was the selection of study subjects/patients free from bias?
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
3. Were study groups comparable?
N/A
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
No
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
N/A
 
???
 
Yes
 
4. Was method of handling withdrawals described?
No
 
Yes
 
No
 
No
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
5. Was blinding used to prevent introduction of bias?
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
6. Were intervention/therapeutic regimens/exposure factor or procedure and any comparison(s) described in detail? Were interveningfactors described?
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
N/A
 
Yes
 
7. Were outcomes clearly defined and the measurements valid and reliable?
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
8. Was the statistical analysis appropriate for the study design and type of outcome indicators?
No
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
9. Are conclusions supported by results with biases and limitations taken into consideration?
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
10. Is bias due to study’s funding or sponsorship unlikely?
Yes
 
Yes
 
???
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes