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Table 3 TRANSFER Approach in the systematic review process – overview of relevant people and components involved in each stage

From: The TRANSFER Approach for assessing the transferability of systematic review findings

Relevant stages of the review processPeople involved in each stageRelevant TRANSFER component
1. Establish the need for a systematic reviewStakeholders
Review authors
Not applicable
2. a. Collaborate with stakeholders to refine the review question
b. Identify and prioritize TRANSFER factors
c. Define the context specified in the review with respect to TRANSFER factors
Stakeholders
Review authors
TRANSFER Guidance for review authors:
a. PICO Template (Appendix 1)
b. TRANSFER Conversation Guide (Appendix 2)
c. TRANSFER Characteristics of context (Appendix 3)
3. Conduct the systematic reviewReview authorsNot applicable
4. Compare the included studies to the context specified in the review (global and/or local) with respect to TRANSFER factorsReview authorsTRANSFER Guidance for review authors (TRANSFER table of included studies; Appendix 4)
5. Assess the transferability of the review findings to the context specified in the review (global and/or local)Review authorsTRANSFER Guidance for review authors (TRANSFER assessment template; Appendix 5)
6. Apply GRADE for effectiveness or GRADE-CERQual to assess certainty/confidence in review findingsReview authorsTRANSFER Guidance for review authors (TRANSFER assessment template; Appendix 5)
7. Discuss transferability of review findingsStakeholders
Review authors
Not applicable