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The interviews were semi-structured and included open-ended questions. An outline of the guide was used tiffany jewelry the end of the interviews to elicit the interviewees' attitudes to and views on format and presentation. Full details of the qualitative research study are provided elsewhere.23


The outline of the guide was tiffany jewelry on the basis of feedback from the advi- sory group, the results of the qualitative research study and feedback following wider dissemination of the outline (Fig. 2), and an initial version of the guide was produced. This was the starting point (stage 1) for phase 2, which also included wider dissemination, tiffany jewelry and revi- sion (stage 2), a pilot study (stage 3) and peer review (stage 4). Stage 2 was an iterative process in which initial and developing versions of the guide were sent alternately to the advisory group and to a wider range of individuals, as described above. The feedback received was used to amend the guide and produce the next version.


In the pilot study, a copy of the almost-final version of the guide was presented with an evaluation tool, which tiffany jewelry a set of questions about the content, format and usability or useful- ness of the guide.24 No instructions were provided with the guide to mimic real life in which HIA practitioners would use it as a stand-alone document for a range of purposes, including commissioning evidence reviews, conducting literature re- views and appraising an existing review for use in a specific HIA. Minor changes were made to the guide following feedback from the pilot study and, tiffany jewelry, peer reviewers were sent a modified copy for comment.

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