Table 2

Quality appraisal scoring system

Dimensions of quality appraisalCodesPoints awarded
 Representative sampling strategyA1
 Sample size ≥500B1
 Response rate >75%C1
 Low recall bias on TCAM use within the past 12 months or lessD1
Reporting participants’ characteristics
 Socioeconomic status (income or education)G1
 Location (urban or rural or district or region)I1
Reporting TCAM use
 Definition of TCAM to respondentsJ1
 Assessed use of TCAMK1
 Type of TCAML1
  • TCAM, traditional, complementary and alternative medicine.