Interpreting results of Cochrane reviews, applying GRADE and creating 'Summary of Findings' tables

Topic category Knowledge translation and communicating evidence
Date and Location
Monday 1 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
Applicability and Recommendations Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators
Contact person Affiliation Country
Holger Schunemann (Contact this person) McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Nancy Santesso Applicability and Recommendations Methods Group, Consumers and Communication Review Group Canada
Holger Schunemann McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada
Jan Brozek Applicability and Recommendations Methods Group Canada
Target audience
Target audience: 
Authors, editors, and entity and Centre staff
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
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Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Abstract text
To learn how to use GRADE to interpret findings and create a 'Summary of Findings' table. This workshop involves small group work, with groups led by workshop trainers.

The GRADE approach has been adopted by The Cochrane Collaboration to evaluate the quality of evidence (i.e. confidence in the estimates of effects) for outcomes reported in systematic reviews, interpret findings and draw conclusions. This information, together with the estimate of the size of the effect on each patient-important outcome, is presented in a 'Summary of Findings' (SoF) table. SoF tables should be included in a Cochrane review to improve understanding of key findings and enhance uptake of information. This workshop describes the GRADE criteria to assess the quality of evidence (risk of bias, indirectness, imprecision, inconsistency, publication and others) and the process to create a SoF table (choosing outcomes and comparisons, grading the quality of evidence, and presenting effects in user friendly format). Participants will then apply these concepts in small groups to create a sample SoF table and participate in feedback sessions that will help with further improving SoF tables.