Evidence-based clinical guidelines: a new system to better determine true strength of recommendation.
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Clinical practice guidelines often grade the 'strength' of their recommendations according to the robustness of the supporting research evidence. The existing methodology does not allow the strength of recommendation (SOR) to be upgraded for recommendations for which randomized controlled trials are impractical or unethical. The purpose of this study was to develop a new method of determining SOR, incorporating both research evidence and expert opinion. METHOD...Expand abstract
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