Meta-Tool for Quality Appraisal of Public Health Evidence: Public Health Ontario (PHO) MetaQAT 1.0

Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario), Rosella LC, Pach B, Morgan S, Bowman C. Meta-tool for quality appraisal of public health evidence: PHO MetaQAT. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 2015.

Canadian Template available Evaluated/validated


This tool provides a flexible way to address a variety of public health questions and study designs, including non-standard designs.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The tool guides users through four critical appraisal steps:

  1. Relevancy
  2. Reliability
  3. Validity
  4. Applicability


Rosella, L., Bowman, C., Pach, B., Morgan, S., Fitzpatrick, T., & Goel, V. (2016). The development and validation of a meta-tool for quality appraisal of public health evidence: Meta Quality Appraisal Tool (MetaQAT). Public health, 136, 57–65.

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