Article by King, William R. There are four methods in conducting literature review, i. Look at the diagram at the end of this entry to view these methods in the qualitative-quantitative continuum. Meta-analysis is considered as the most rigor method; it is the one which closest to the positivist tradition.
The working group has developed a common, sensible and transparent approach to grading quality or certainty of evidence and strength of recommendations. Many international organizations have provided input into the development of the GRADE approach which is now considered the standard in guideline development.
Why rate the certainty in the evidence and strength of recommendations? Judgments about evidence and recommendations in healthcare are complex. For example, those making recommendations about whether or not to recommend a new generation of blood thinners for patients with irregular heart beat atrial fibrillation must agree on which outcomes to consider, which evidence to include for each outcome, how to assess the quality of that evidence, and how to determine if blood thinners do more good than harm.
Because resources are always limited and money that is allocated to treating atrial fibrillation cannot be spent on other worthwhile interventions, they may also need to decide whether any incremental health benefits are worth the additional costs.
Systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare provide essential, but not sufficient information for making well informed decisions. Reviewers and people who use reviews draw conclusions about the quality of the evidence, either implicitly or explicitly.
Such judgments guide subsequent decisions. For example, clinical actions are likely to differ depending on whether one concludes that the evidence that blood thinners reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation is convincing high quality or that it is unconvincing low quality.
Similarly, practice guidelines and people who use them draw conclusions about the strength of recommendations, either implicitly or explicitly. Using the same example, a guideline that recommends that patients with atrial fibrillation should be treated may suggest that all patients definitely should be treated or that patients should probably be treated, implying that treatment may not be warranted in all patients.
A systematic and explicit approach to making judgments such as these can help to prevent errors, facilitate critical appraisal of these judgments, and can help to improve communication of this information. To avoid adding to this confusion by having multiple variations of the GRADE system we suggest that the criteria below should be met when stating that the GRADE approach was used to assess evidence or develop recommendations.
As most scientific approaches to advancing healthcare, the GRADE approach will continue to evolve in response to new evidence and to meet the needs of systematic review authors, guideline developers and other users.
Suggested criteria for stating that the GRADE system was used updated ; full pdf version with document history and references: The certainty in the evidence also known as quality of evidence or confidence in the estimates should be defined consistently with the definitions used by the GRADE Working Group.
Explicit consideration should be given to each of the GRADE domains for assessing the certainty in the evidence although different terminology may be used. Evidence summaries and evidence to decision criteria should be used as the basis for judgments about the certainty in the evidence and the strength of recommendations.
Ideally, evidence profiles should be used to assess the certainty in the evidence and these should be based on systematic reviews. At a minimum, the evidence that was assessed and the methods that were used to identify and appraise that evidence should be clearly described.
Explicit consideration should be given to each of the GRADE criteria for determining the direction and strength of a recommendation or decision.
Ideally, GRADE evidence to decision frameworks should be used to document the considered research evidence, additional considerations and judgments transparently.
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