The MetaQAT is a tool for appraising public health evidence. A meta-tool is a tool that orients the user to the appropriate use of several critical appraisal tools (CATs) and places them within a larger framework to guide their use. The extension of the appraisal process beyond internal validity led us to use the term “quality appraisal” when describing the meta-tool, rather than “critical appraisal”. The MetaQAT is a quality appraisal framework with a suite of suggested ‘companion’ critical appraisal tools. Dr. Laura Rosella, PHO Scientist, led the development of the MetaQAT. It is one of few quality appraisal tools designed specifically for public health evidence.
The meta-tool consists of:
Download the PHO MetaQAT
The MetaQAT is designed to be a flexible tool, which means there are many ‘right’ ways to use it, therefore you may need to tailor the MetaQAT to your project.
The MetaQAT provides:
These three things are necessarily generic. It is intended to be tailored to the diversity of work that is conducted across PHO.
There are 3 main ways to tailor the MetaQAT content:
The Reliability, Validity, and Applicability domains should always be included, as should all of the main questions within each domain.
Rosella L, Bowman C, Pach B, Morgan S, Fitzpatrick T, Goel V. The development and validation of a meta-tool for quality appraisal of public health evidence: Meta Quality Appraisal Tool (MetaQAT). Public Health. 2016;136:57-65. Available from: http://www.publichealthjrnl.com/article/S0033-3506(15)00437-0/abstract
PHO MetaQAT form in spreadsheet format – can be used in conjunction with data extraction tables or other additional information
Individual Sections - read all three sections before using the MetaQAT
PHO MetaQAT guide and frameworkPHO MetaQAT formCompanion tools and additional resources
PHO Grey literature critical appraisal tool
PHO Guide to Appraising Grey Literature
MetaQAT workshop at the Canadian Public Health Association Conference 2016
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