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Table 1 Salient features of studies included in the systematic review.

From: Vignette studies of medical choice and judgement to study caregivers' medical decision behaviour: systematic review

Author Year of publication Clinical problem Type1 of decision Aim2 + reference2 Number of participants Type3 of participants Number of vignettes Number of attributes Source4 of attributes Type5 of outcome Type6 of analysis
Kirwan 1983 Rheumatoid arthritis 3 3 2 4 17 5 2 2 2
Wigton 1986 Pulmonary embolism 1 5 → B 55 4, 1 27 8 1 6 1
Smith 1987 Tube feeding 2 2 222 4, 1 12 6 1 2 2
Holmes 1989 Hypertension 1 3 98 3 16 4 1 2 1
Von Preyss-Friedman 1992 Tube feeding 2 2 141 4, 4 16 6 1 2 1
Lee 1994 Surgical patients 2 2 34 4, 3, 2 30 8 4 2 1
Harries 1996 Diversity of diseases 2 3 32 4 130 13 3 2 1
McKinlay 1997 Breast cancer 4 1 128 4 32 6 1 2, 4 1
Shea 1997 Bile duct stones 4 2 624 4, 4 27 8 1 1, 2, 4 1
Skaner 1998 Heart failure 1 1 27 4 40 10 1 1 2
Timmermans 1997 Colonic emergency 2 2 102 4 16 3 1 2 1
VanMilten-burg-Van Zijl 1997 Unstable angina 2 2 18 4, 4 12 7 2 2 2
Ross 1999 Depression 4 1 407 4 6 2 3 2, 4 1
Backlund 2000 Hypercholesterolemia 2 5 → A 38 4 40 8 2 2 1
Haggerty 2000 Fetal risk situation 3 1 573 2 32 10 1 2 1
Skaner 2000 Heart failure 1 5 → C 70 4, 4, 1 40 8 2 1 2
Bouma 2001 Aortic stenosis 2 2 275 4, 4 32 10 9 2 1
Engelsbel 2001 Ectopic pregnancy 1 4 27 4 16 6 9 2 2
Kee 2002 Renal disease 2 1 8 4 50 11 2 2, 3 1
Sorum 2002 Acute otitis media 4 2 75 4, 4 46 15 3 1, 2 2
Sorum 2002 Acute otitis media 4 4 75 4, 4 46 15 1 1, 4 2
Wahlström 2002 Asthma 2 5 → A 314 4, 4, 4 18 5 3 2 1
Bouma 2004 Aortic stenosis 2 5 → B 34 4 32 9 9 2 1
Sorum 2003 Prostate cancer 4 2 65 4, 4, 4 32 5 1 1, 2 2
Tamayo-Sarver 2003 Opioid analgesic 2 1 2872 4 3 3 3 4 1
Mays 2004 Vaccine program 2 1 224 2 13 4 9 2 1
Raley 2004 Papilloma vaccine 2 1 181 4 13 4 9 2 1
Arnold 2005 Resp. tract infection 2 1 257 4, 4 16 4 1 2 1
Lee 2005 Postoperat. recovery 5 1 60 4, 3, 2 8 3 3 5 2
Tiemeier 2002 Depression 2 5 → A 449 4, 4, 4 22 7 3 4, 6 1
  1. 1) 1 = diagnosis, 2 = treatment, 3 = risk, prognosis, 4 = diagnosis & treatment, 5 = other
  2. 2) 1st digit describes aim: 1 = descriptive, 2 = group comparison, 3 = consistency, 4 = change over time, 5 = comparison with reference
  3. 2nd digit describes reference: A = guidelines, B = actual patients, C = clinical study
  4. 3) 1 = student, 2 = paramedic, 3 = physician in training, 4 = expert
  5. 4) 1 = literature, 2 = patients, 3 = expert, 4 = guidelines, 5 = no information
  6. 5) 1 = probability, 2 = rating, 3 = ranking, 4 = yes/no choice, 5 = discrete choice, 6 = >2 alternatives
  7. 6) 1 = no adjustment for correlated data, 2 = adjustment for correlated data