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Table 1 MERSQI scores and paired comparisons between conference abstracts, journal abstracts, and published articles

From: Conference presentation to publication: a retrospective study evaluating quality of abstracts and journal articles in medical education research

  Itema Paired Comparisonb
MERSQI Domain (Max Pts) A B C    
Conf Abs Jour Abs Pub Art B vs A C vs A C vs B
Study design (3) 1.54 (0.54) 1.49 (0.55) 1.50 (0.55) .56 .64 >.99
Sampling 1.34 (0.82) 1.29 (0.70) 1.59 (0.82) .54 .006 <.001
No. of institutions (1.5) 0.74 (0.43) 0.75 (0.43) 0.75 (0.43) >.99 >.99 >.99
Response rate (1.5) 0.60 (0.52) 0.54 (0.47) 0.83 (0.63) .45 .008 <.001
Type of data (3) 2.13 (1.00) 2.39 (0.93) 2.35 (0.95) .03 .06 >.99
Validity 0.28 (0.62) 0.26 (0.57) 1.04 (1.01) >.99 <.001 <.001
Internal structure (1) 0.11 (0.31) 0.07 (0.25) 0.26 (0.44) .63 .09 .01
Content (1) 0.13 (0.34) 0.20 (0.40) 0.59 (0.50) .45 <.001 <.001
Relationships to variables (1) 0.04 (0.21) 0.00 (0.00) 0.20 (0.40) .50 .04 .004
Data analysis 2.43 (0.50) 2.70 (0.66) 3.00 (0.00) .007 <.001 .004
Appropriateness (1) 0.54 (0.50) 0.89 (0.31) 1.00 (0.00) <.001 <.001 .06
Complexity (2) 1.89 (0.31) 1.80 (0.40) 2.00 (0.00) .34 .06 .004
Outcomes (3) 1.95 (0.63) 1.83 (0.66) 1.85 (0.67) .23 .36 .77
Total (18) 9.67 (1.88) 9.96 (2.29) 11.33 (1.82) .30 <.001 <.001
  1. Abbreviations: Abs abstract, Art article, Conf conference, Jour journal, Max Pts maximum points, MERSQI Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument
  2. aValues are mean (SD) score
  3. bSigned rank P values