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Table 1 Summary of variables to be measured and statements used

From: When the messenger is more important than the message: an experimental study of evidence use in francophone AfricaQuand le messager est plus important que le message: étude expérimentale en Afrique francophone sur l’utilisation des connaissances

Outcomes Dimensions Statements
Perceived quality Relevance “The content of the document is relevant to my work.”
Legitimacy “The content of the paper is consistent with my professional value.”
“The content of the paper seems to take into account a range of views and not just the author’s.”
Credibility “The level of detail provided in the document is appropriate.”
“The methodology presented in the document appears robust.”
“The rationale presented in the document leading to the recommendations is convincing.”
Visual aspect “The visual presentation of the document is attractive.”
“The length of the document is adequate.”
Comprehension “The content of the document is easy to understand.”
“The proposed recommendations are clear.”
Reported instrumental use   “Change my opinion on the issue of the effectiveness of measures to contain infectious disease outbreaks.”
“Change my current policies or practices regarding the topic of containment measures to contain infectious disease outbreaks.”
“Develop or sponsor new studies on the topic of containment measures to contain infectious disease outbreaks.”