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Sensitivity analysis in a scoping review on police accountability : assessing the feasibility of reporting criteria in mixed studies reviews

Yinthe Feys (UGent) , Dominique Boels (UGent) and Antoinette Verhage (UGent)
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In this paper, we report on the findings of a sensitivity analysis that was carried out within a previously conducted scoping review, hoping to contribute to the ongoing debate about how to assess the quality of research in mixed methods reviews. Previous sensitivity analyses mainly concluded that the exclusion of inadequately reported or lower quality studies did not have a significant effect on the results of the synthesis. In this study, we conducted a sensitivity analysis on the basis of reporting criteria with the aims of analysing its impact on the synthesis results and assessing its feasibility. Contrary to some previous studies, our analysis showed that the exclusion of inadequately reported studies had an impact on the results of the thematic synthesis. Initially, we also sought to propose a refinement of reporting criteria based on the literature and our own experiences. In this way, we aimed to facilitate the assessment of reporting criteria and enhance its consistency. However, based on the results of our sensitivity analysis, we opted not to make such a refinement since many publications included in this analysis did not sufficiently report on the methodology. As such, a refinement would not be useful considering that researchers would be unable to assess these (sub-)criteria.
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sensitivity analysis, reporting criteria, methodological quality

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Feys, Yinthe, Dominique Boels, and Antoinette Verhage. 2017. “Sensitivity Analysis in a Scoping Review on Police Accountability : Assessing the Feasibility of Reporting Criteria in Mixed Studies Reviews.” In ECQI 2017 Proceedings : Quality and Reflexivity in Qualitative Inquiry, ed. Karin Hannes, Ann Heylighen, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, Frederik Truyen, and Anja Declercq, 114–126. Leuven: KU Leuven NQRL.
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Feys, Y., Boels, D., & Verhage, A. (2017). Sensitivity analysis in a scoping review on police accountability : assessing the feasibility of reporting criteria in mixed studies reviews. In Karin Hannes, A. Heylighen, B. Dierckx de Casterlé, F. Truyen, & A. Declercq (Eds.), ECQI 2017 proceedings : Quality and reflexivity in qualitative inquiry (pp. 114–126). Presented at the European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Leuven: KU Leuven NQRL.
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Feys Y, Boels D, Verhage A. Sensitivity analysis in a scoping review on police accountability : assessing the feasibility of reporting criteria in mixed studies reviews. In: Hannes K, Heylighen A, Dierckx de Casterlé B, Truyen F, Declercq A, editors. ECQI 2017 proceedings : Quality and reflexivity in qualitative inquiry. Leuven: KU Leuven NQRL; 2017. p. 114–26.
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Feys, Yinthe, Dominique Boels, and Antoinette Verhage. “Sensitivity Analysis in a Scoping Review on Police Accountability : Assessing the Feasibility of Reporting Criteria in Mixed Studies Reviews.” ECQI 2017 Proceedings : Quality and Reflexivity in Qualitative Inquiry. Ed. Karin Hannes et al. Leuven: KU Leuven NQRL, 2017. 114–126. Print.
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  abstract     = {In this paper, we report on the findings of a sensitivity analysis that was carried out within a previously conducted scoping review, hoping to contribute to the ongoing debate about how to assess the quality of research in mixed methods reviews. Previous sensitivity analyses mainly concluded that the exclusion of inadequately reported or lower quality studies did not have a significant effect on the results of the synthesis. In this study, we conducted a sensitivity analysis on the basis of reporting criteria with the aims of analysing its impact on the synthesis results and assessing its feasibility. Contrary to some previous studies, our analysis showed that the exclusion of inadequately reported studies had an impact on the results of the thematic synthesis. Initially, we also sought to propose a refinement of reporting criteria based on the literature and our own experiences. In this way, we aimed to facilitate the assessment of reporting criteria and enhance its consistency. However, based on the results of our sensitivity analysis, we opted not to make such a refinement since many publications included in this analysis did not sufficiently report on the methodology. As such, a refinement would not be useful considering that researchers would be unable to assess these (sub-)criteria.},
  author       = {Feys, Yinthe and Boels, Dominique and Verhage, Antoinette},
  booktitle    = {ECQI 2017 proceedings : Quality and reflexivity in qualitative inquiry},
  editor       = {Hannes, Karin and Heylighen, Ann and Dierckx de Casterlé, Bernadette and Truyen, Frederik and Declercq, Anja},
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  keywords     = {sensitivity analysis,reporting criteria,methodological quality},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Leuven},
  pages        = {114--126},
  publisher    = {KU Leuven NQRL},
  title        = {Sensitivity analysis in a scoping review on police accountability : assessing the feasibility of reporting criteria in mixed studies reviews},
  url          = {https://kuleuvencongres.be/ECQI2017/ecqi-2017-proceedings.pdf},
  year         = {2017},
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