TableĀ 3

Five-point rating system developed to score the STROBE checklist

RatingExplanation
1Weak, main points missing, with little thought or consideration given to important factors
2Below average, with some but not all main points included, some information still missing
3Average, acceptable amount of information on main areas given, but additional relevant information that would have made the section stronger is missing
4Above average, all main areas considered and discussed in depth, with a few pieces of less important information missing
5Good, all areas carefully considered and discussed, very little missing