Table 1

Characteristics of quality improvement articles included in the study

Pre-SQUIRE group (n=25)
N (%)
Post-SQUIRE group (n=25)
N (%)
Journal
BMJ Quality and Safety12 (48)14 (56)
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety7 (28)7 (28)
American Journal of Medical Quality4 (16)3 (12)
International Journal for Quality in Healthcare2 (8)1 (4)
Country of origin
 USA19 (76)16 (64)
 Rest of Europe3 (12)3 (12)
 UK1 (4)3 (12)
 Canada1 (4)1 (4)
 New Zealand/Australia1 (4)1 (4)
 South Africa01 (4)
Study setting
 University hospital11 (44)14 (56)
 Multiple centres10 (40)7 (28)
 Academic affiliated community hospital1 (4)3 (12)
 Non-academic affiliated community hospital2 (8)0
 Primary care setting1 (4)0
 Other01 (4)
  • SQUIRE, Standards for QUality Improvement Reporting Excellence.