Planning for the ‘Summary of findings’ table starts early in the systematic review, with the selection of the outcomes to be included in: the review; and the ‘Summary of findings’ table. This is a crucial step, and one that review authors need to address carefully. To ensure production of optimally useful information, Cochrane Reviews begin by developing a review question and by listing all main outcomes that are important to patients and other decision makers. The GRADE approach to assessing the certainty of the evidence defines and operationalizes a rating process that helps separate outcomes into those that are critical, important or not important for decision making. Review authors should report the grading of the certainty of evidence in the Results section for each outcome for which this has been performed, providing the rationale for downgrading or upgrading the evidence, and referring to the ‘Summary of findings’ table where applicable.
|Title of host publication||Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions|
|Editors||Julian P.T. Higgins, James Thomas, Jacqueline Chandler, Miranda Cumpston, Tianjing Li, Matthew J. Page, Vivian A. Welch|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|