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Table 2 Description of quality scoring system for quantitative studies on traditional medicine/traditional healer use for malaria survey reviewed [31-33]

From: A critical review of traditional medicine and traditional healer use for malaria and among people in malaria-endemic areas: contemporary research in low to middle-income Asia-Pacific countries

Dimensions of quality assessment Codes Points awarded
Representative sampling strategy A 1
Sample size >500 B 1
Response rate >75% C 1
Low recall bias (prospective data collection or retrospective data collection within past 12 months) D 1
Confirmed malaria patients by health staff (microscopic test) E 1
Reporting of participants’ characteristics:   
Status of malaria F 1
Age G 1
Indicator of socio-economic status (e.g., income, education) H 1
Types of areas (urban/rural/remote) I 1
Reporting of traditional medicine/therapy use:   
Definition of TM or modalities provided to respondents J 1
Participants can name TM type/therapy/ modalities K 1
Types of areas (urban/rural/remote) L 1