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Table 1 Reporting recommendations for qualitative research methods in COS development, as developed by Jones et al. [38]

From: COHESION: core outcomes in neonatal encephalopathy (protocol)

1 Research aims and relationship with broader COS development process
2 Sampling approach
3 Type of data collection methods (e.g. interviews, focus groups, combination); content and derivation/ justification (e.g. topic guide)
4 Analytical approach and justification
5 Sample characteristics and participants numbers
6 Findings related to outcome domains (concordant with research aims)
7 Report approaches to ensuring rigour (e.g. multiple perspectives on the data, respondent validation) and consider reflexive content
8 Discuss the strengths and limitations of the approach