Choosing comparisons and outcomes for the SoF table


This lesson is the second 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 explains what comparisons should be included in the Summary of Findings table. It provides a brief reminder of the structure of the Summary of findings table. It also explains how to present the results in subgroups and why it is important to consider the baseline risk in different populations.

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After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • decide which intervention, comparator, population and outcomes to incude and how to present them in the Summary of Findings tables of a systematic review

Choosing comparisons and outcomes for the SoF table

Author information: 
Santesso, Nancy; Schünemann, Holger

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.