Table 3

Quality assessment of included papers

CASP checklist items14 Tong et al 12 Harwood and Johnson17 Murray et al 18 Lewis and Arber19 Lewis and Arber22 Cura20 Kim and Choi21
 1. Was there a clear statement of the aims of the research?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
 2. Is a qualitative methodology appropriate?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
 3. Was the research design appropriate to address the aims of the research?YesCannot tellYesYesYesYesYes
 4. Was the recruitment strategy appropriate to the aims of the research?YesCannot tellYesYesYesCannot tellYes
 5. Was the data collected in a way that addressed the research issue?YesYesYesYesYesCannot tellYes
 6. Has the relationship between researcher and participants been adequately considered?Cannot tellCannot tellCannot tellYesCannot tellCannot tellCannot tell
 7. Have ethical issues been taken into consideration?YesCannot tellCannot tellYesYesCannot tellYes
 8. Was the data analysis sufficiently rigorous?YesNoNoYesYesNoYes—although saturation reported as reached after nine interviews
 9. Is there a clear statement of findings?YesYesNoYesYesYesYes
 10. How valuable is the research?Valuable:
  • New insights particularly regarding experiences of waiting for and of transplantation.

  • Journal in addition to interview data added rich insights.

  • Areas for service improvement in light of findings highlighted.

Limited by:
  • Small sample.

  • Underanalysis.

Limited by:
  • Qualitative element of this study is poorly reported compared with the quantitative element.

However, some of the themes reported from the qualitative interviews are not reported elsewhere, for example, recreational drug use as a coping strategy.
Valuable:
  • Large sample.

  • Diversity of participants.

  • Rich, extensive, detailed analysis.

  • Research reflexivity explicitly explored.

Valuable:
  • Large sample.

  • Diversity of participants.

  • Rich, extensive, detailed analysis.

Limited by:
  • Small sample

  • Underanalysis

  • Transferability

Limited by:
  • Small sample.

However, important themes identified and implications for clinical practice considered.