Table 2

Technical expert panel (TEP) ratings of included QI domains and per cent criterion met

#DomainPanel itemMean rating*% Criterion met†
1Organisational motivationDescription of the organisational problem/reason or motivation for intervention2.7864
2Intervention rationaleDescription of rationale linking the intervention to expected effects2.7867
3InterventionDescription of specific changes in healthcare delivery organisation/structure3.0093
4Organisational characteristicsDescription of organisational demographics and basic characteristics2.8989
5ImplementationDescription of the approach to designing and/or introducing organisational changes2.8992
6Study designDescription of study design2.8944
8Data sourcen/an/a67
9TimingDescription of timing (intervention components introduction and evaluation)2.7856
10Adherence/fidelityDescription of intervention adherence/fidelity2.7847
11Health outcomesDescription of health-related outcomes2.3358
12Organisational readinessDescription of organisational readiness for the studied intervention2.0084
13Penetration/reachDescription of intervention penetration/reach2.5685
14SustainabilityDescription of potential for intervention maintenance or sustainability2.2283
15SpreadDescription of ability to be spread or replicated2.1189
16LimitationsQuality of the interpretation of findings2.5664
  • *Members (N=9) of an international TEP assessed independently whether the domain should (score=3), should maybe (score=2) or should not (score=1) be part of the Quality Improvement Minimum Quality Criteria Set (QI-MQCS). The respondents were instructed that the goal was to identify a minimum number of core domains; n/a: not applicable, the items were developed as a response to panel input.

  • †Percentage of publications meeting the criterion in psychometric evaluation sample (total N=54 publications, number of observations ranged from 18 to 45 as only the final item version was included in the analysis).