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Original SubmissionOctober 29, 2019
Decision Letter - Peter M ten Klooster, Editor

PONE-D-19-30180

Important features of retail shoes for women with rheumatoid arthritis: A Delphi consensus survey

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Reviewer #2: Yes

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Reviewer #2: Yes

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Reviewer #2: Yes

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Reviewer #1: This Delphi study about features of retail shoes for women with rheumatoid arthritis is very important and strongly needed. The study is well designed consisted experts worldwide. Couple of minor points to revise:

-Background is very short. Can you consider broadening it to take into account footwear adherence and related factors.

-Dot is missing before the aim of the study at the end of Background.

-Through the text you separate the UK from Europe, to my knowledge UK is part of Europe. Moreover, in text and Table 1 location is based on coutry or continent - can you unify these? Maybe report countries where the experts came?

-Maybe one recommendation could also be for footwear manufacturer? And inclusion of the to future research projects.

Thank you, very good study and well written.

Reviewer #2: Thank you for the opportunity to review this manuscript. It is of interest to researchers and health professionals who provide foot care and advice for people who have RA.

My comments are minor and primarily relating to some of the grammar only.

Abstract - research is performed with participants rather than on participants. Please consider modifying to:

An international Delphi exercise using online survey software was conducted with 39 participants from health care backgrounds.

Also, there are multiple sentences that are missing full stops. Please reread and correct.

Introduction:

Consider amending for plural consistency: whilst offering the woman a choice in style

To: whilst offering women choices in style

Methods:

Amending: A sample of health professionals was

To: A sample of health professionals were

Expertise - based on your inclusion criteria - I would suggest that the expertise was footwear prescription rather than just footwear?

At times in the methods section there are tense issues and would urge the authors to use past tense throughout

Results:

female with mean (SD) of 23 (10) mean years - delete duplicate mean

I note that the methods describe presenting the 30th and 70th percentile, IPA and then IQR? Please present one of the other or describe why these have been used in each section.

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Reviewer #1: No

Reviewer #2: Yes: Cylie M Williams

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Decision Letter - Peter M ten Klooster, Editor

Important features of retail shoes for women with rheumatoid arthritis: A Delphi consensus survey

PONE-D-19-30180R1

Dear Dr. Tehan,

We are pleased to inform you that your manuscript has been judged scientifically suitable for publication and will be formally accepted for publication once it complies with all outstanding technical requirements.

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2. Is the manuscript technically sound, and do the data support the conclusions?

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Reviewer #2: Yes

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Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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Reviewer #1: Yes

Reviewer #2: Yes

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Reviewer #1: (No Response)

Reviewer #2: Thank you for providing these changes. I only have one minor grammar change that I recommend based on the additions and that is to add the word ‘wearing or recommendations’ to the sentence following Spence as you can’t adhere to footwear but I wear to wearing or recommendations.

Lack of adherence with therapeutic footwear is multi-factorial, often compounded by a lack of acceptance of their underlying condition, and a disparity in expectations of the footwear

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Reviewer #1: Yes: Minna Stolt

Reviewer #2: Yes: Cylie M Williams

Formally Accepted
Acceptance Letter - Peter M ten Klooster, Editor

PONE-D-19-30180R1

Important features of retail shoes for women with rheumatoid arthritis: A Delphi consensus survey

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