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Table 2 Author, year, aim, method of QES, number of participants, and number of concepts included

From: Living life precariously with rheumatoid arthritis - a mega-ethnography of nine qualitative evidence syntheses

Author, year Aim of study Analytic method Number of primary studies Analytic output Countries included
Campbell & colleagues 2011 [64] To explore experiences related to the aetiology, treatment, management and lived experience of rheumatoid META-ETHNOGRAPHY 25 6 themes 13 UK, 7 USA, 2 Canada, 1 Denmark, 1 Sweden, 1 New Zealand
Daker-white, donovan & campbell 2014 [63]a To synthesize published qualitative studies concerning the lived experience of rheumatoid arthritis META-ETHNOGRAPHY 40 4 themes Not specified in original article
Fedderson& colleagues 2017 [62] To derive new conceptual understanding about how women with rheumatoid arthritis manage their illness, motherhood and paid work META-SYNTHESIS 6 4 themes 2 Denmark, 1 USA, 1 UK, I Canada, 1 Sweden
Hoving & colleagues 2013 [61] To summarize qualitative studies that explore experiences of patients with inflammatory arthritis to remain employed or return to work THEMATIC ANALYSIS 10 6 themes 3 UK, 3 Netherlands, 1 Canada, 1 USA, 1 Sweden, 1 Ireland
Hulen & colleagues 2016 [67] To identify needs, goals and expectations of rheumatoid arthritis patients GROUNDED THEORY 13 3 themes 9 UK, 3 Holland, 2 Japan, 2 Sweden, 1 Canada, 1 Norway, 1 China, Japan and USA
Kelly & colleagues 2017 [66] To describe patients’ experiences of Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDS) in rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis THEMATIC SYNTHESIS 55 25 subthemes (6 themes) 25 UK, 5 USA, 5 Netherlands, 5 Canada, 4 Sweden, 2 Australia, 2 Belgium, 1 Austria, 1 Denmark, 1 Germany, 1 Ireland, 1 Turkey, 1 Norway, 1 Netherlands, Austria and UK
Lin & colleagues 2011 [65] To describe the status of spiritual well-being in patients with rheumatoid arthritis META-SUMMARY 10 18 subthemes (4 themes) 4 UK, 3 USA, 1 Canada, 1 South Korea, 1 Sweden
Stack & colleagues 2011 [60] a To explore the drivers of and barriers to help-seeking behaviour in people with a new onset of rheumatoid arthritis. GROUNDED THEORY 21 5 themes 8 UK, 6 Canada, 4 USA, 1 Australia, 1 South Africa, 1 Sweden
Stack & colleagues 2013 [59] To identify the earliest symptoms associated with the onset of rheumatoid arthritis GROUNDED THEORY 26 5 themes 11 UK, 6 USA, 4 Canada, 1 Australia, 1 Austria, 1 South Korea, 1 South Africa
  1. aNumbers of studies obtained by direct author correspondence as lacked clarity in original study