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Table 2 The final checklist

From: Developing a checklist for research proposals to help describe health service interventions in UK research programmes: a mixed methods study

Organisation Is it clear which organisation(s) are involved in the study?
Has the proposal considered:
- How many study sites? How do these differ?
- How big is the organisation?
- What type of trust or authority is involved? e.g., Acute trust, ambulance trust, CCG, local authority, care trusts, mental health trusts, etc.
- Other information on organisational type, e.g., foundation trust status, teaching/research beacon site, CQC or other ratings if relevant
Location Is it clear where the organisation is located?
Has the proposal considered:
- What type of area it is, e.g., urban, rural, deprivation, etc.
- What are the population demographics?
Patient group Is it clear what the case mix of patients is?
Has the proposal considered:
- Who is receiving the intervention?
- How many patients are being seen?
- The characteristics of the patients, e.g., age group, health status, disease area.
Workforce and Staffing Is it clear who are the main actors involved in service delivery?
Has the proposal considered:
- Is the total workforce clearly described? e.g., are the skill, grade, and profession mix stated?
- How has the staff been selected? Are they already working at the organisation or are they new to the organisation?
- What if any training will be needed for staff to deploy the intervention?
Intervention Is there enough information about the service or intervention under exploration/examination?
Has the proposal considered:
- How is the intervention different from usual care?
- What does it consist of? What does it ‘look’ like?
- Is it clear when the intervention started and finished?
- If there are information materials are these adequately described?
- If there is a training programme, are there clear details?
Other important contextual information Are there any other contextual aspects which may affect the outcomes of this research and generalizability to other sites?
For instance, are there particular:
- Policy initiatives related to the intervention (such as national or regional patient safety or improvement initiatives)
- Particular issues at the study sites around exceptional leadership, for instance championing by nurse director or clinical team
- Local features such as unusual geographical or service configuration
- Events at the site, such as a critical safety incident or top team re-shuffle