This lesson is the first in the series of online learning materials designed to help guideline developers and authors of systematic reviews learn how to use the GRADE approach to grade the evidence in systematic reviews, to create Summary of Findings Tables and GRADE Evidence Profiles, and move from evidence to making recommendations.
This lesson outlines the basic principles behind the GRADE approach and explains how GRADE fits into the process of moving from results to conclusions in systematic reviews. It also explains why it is important to create Summary of Findings tables in systematic reviews and what is the general format of the Summary of Findings tables.
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- describe the rationale and basic principles behind the GRADE approach to interpreting the evidence in the context of a systematic review
- recognize the general format of the Summary of Findings tables
Prepared by Holger Schünemann and Nancy Santesso from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Funding for the development of this lesson was provided by the Cochrane Collaboration through the grant 'Training and Capacity Building for Summary of Findings Tables' and the World Health Organization.