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Table 4 Summary of included qualitative articles

From: The effectiveness of clinical networks in improving quality of care and patient outcomes: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies

Authors Country Type of network Theme Study design Quality ratinga
Addicott 2008 [41] UK Managed clinical network for cancer services Organisational structure Comparative case study High
Addicott & Ferlie 2007 [42] UK Managed clinical network for cancer services Organisational structure Comparative case study High
Addicott et al. 2007 [43] UK Managed clinical network for cancer services Organisational structure Comparative case study High
Addicott et al. 2006 [44] UK Managed clinical network for cancer services Organisational learning and knowledge Observational, cross-sectional organisational process study High
Ahgren & Axelsson 2007 [35] Sweden ‘Chains of care’ (managed clinical networks) for patients having the same illness or symptom Features and outcomes of effective networks Cross-sectional embedded multiple-case study High
Baker & Wright 2006 [36] UK Managed clinical network for paediatric liver services Features and outcomes of effective networks Appreciative Inquiry methodology (case study) Moderate
Burnett et al. 2005 [45] UK Various managed clinical networks (cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, mental health) Organisational learning and knowledge Qualitative information and knowledge needs analysis (comparative case study) Moderate
Cunningham et al. 2012 [23] Australia Advisory clinical networks – two networks for musculoskeletal health (NSW and WA) Features and outcomes of effective networks Longitudinal comparative case study High
Fleury et al. 2002 [40] Canada Mental health integrated service network Network implementation Case study and multi-dimensional analytic model Moderate
Hogard & Ellis 2010 [38] UK Managed clinical network for personality disorder Features and outcomes of effective networks Evaluation Trident methodology (case study) Moderate
McInnes et al. 2012 [39] Australia Voluntary collegial clinical networks in NSW established by the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Features and outcomes of effective networks Comparative case study High
Tolson et al. 2007 [5] Scotland Managed clinical network (Palliative Care), linking primary, secondary and tertiary care Network implementation Realistic Evaluation methodology (qualitative pilot case study) High
Touati et al. 2006 [13] Canada Managed clinical network (cancer) Network implementation Longitudinal qualitative case study High
  1. aQuality rating definitions are as follows
  2. • High quality – those meeting 8 or more criteria
  3. • Medium quality – those meeting between 5 and 7 criteria
  4. • Low quality – those meeting fewer than five criteria
  5. The full list of 11 criteria can be found in Additional file 1