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Table 3 FIAT-Health 2.0

From: Figure Interpretation Assessment Tool-Health (FIAT-health) 2.0: from a scoring instrument to a critical appraisal tool

  FIAT-Health 2.0
What figure would you like to assess? (Provide the phrase in which the figure is mentioned.)
Question 1. Origin of the figure
 1a. Is the publication in which the figure is reported a primary publication?a
 1b. Is the primary publication known?
 1c. Is the primary publication verifiable?
  If the primary publication is not accessible, the FIAT-Health cannot be used. Access to the primary publication is necessary to assess the reported figure with the FIAT-Health 2.0.
 1d. Does the figure you are assessing match the figure in the primary publication?
Question 2. Credibility of the figure
 2a. Under the responsibility of what institute has the primary publications been published?
 2b. How credible do you consider the author of the primary publication [in relation to this particular figure]?
Question 3. Expression of the figure
 3. How is the reported figure expressed? (For example: in absolute terms, percentage, average, fraction)
Question 4. Subject to which the figure applies
 4a. To what subject does the reported figure relate?
 4b. Is the subject of the reported figure identical to the subject described in the primary publication?
Question 5. Population to which the figure applies
 5a. To what population does the reported figure relate?
 5b. Is the population of the reported figure identical to the population described in the primary publication?
Question 6. Geographical area to which the figure applies
 6a. To what geographical area does the reported figure relate?
 6b. Is the geographical area of the reported figure identical to the geographical area described in the primary publication?
Question 7. Time period to which the figure applies
 7a. To what time period does the reported figure relate?
 7b. Is the time period of the reported figure identical to the time period described in the primary publication?
Question 8 to 13: Methods of counting and measuring
  Multiple methods of counting and measuring are possible.
Question 8. Data collection
 8. Are the data on which the figure is based collected only once, periodically or continuously?
Question 9. Sample
 9a. Is the figure based on a sample?
 9b. What is the sample size?
 9c. What is the response rate?
 9d. Were important groups disregarded in the calculation of the figure? If yes, which groups?
 9e. How do you assess the representativeness of the sample?
Question 10. Registration
 10a. Were the data collected through an existing registration?
 10b. What registration was used?
 10c. How do you assess the usability of this registration for the calculation of this specific figure?
Question 11. Survey research
 11a. Were the data collected through survey research?
 11b. Are the questions on which the figure is based described precisely?
 11c. Are the answer categories of the questions described?
 11d. How do you assess the conclusion which was made based on the questions and the answer categories?
Question 12. Direct observations
 12a. Are the data collected through direct observations?
 12b. How the direct observations take place?
 12c. How do you assess the accuracy of the direct observations?
Question 13. Modelling
 13a. Was the figure constructed through modelling?
 13b. Are the assumptions which were made in the model known?
 13c. How do you assess the plausibility of the assumptions made in the model?
Final assessment
How do you assess the correctness of the figure in the primary publication?
How do you assess the interpretation of reported figure?
  1. aIf the figure is assessed in a primary publication, questions that compare the reported figure to the primary publication are passed over i.e. 1d, 4b, 5b, 6b and 7b