Dr. Marcel Dijkers, rehabilitation researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presents another in a series of brief articles around evidence-based research and knowledge translation topics. This article explains the GRADE process (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) and explores its usefulness for rehabilitation and disability research. The full article is available online or for download.
Introducing GRADE: a systematic approach to rating evidence in systematic reviews and to guideline development
Marcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine
GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) is a well-developed formal process to rate the quality of scientific evidence in systematic reviews and to develop recommendations in guidelines that are as evidence-based as possible. GRADE was developed by an international panel, including members of some of the premier evidence-based practice centers (McMaster, Harvard, the Norwegian and German Cochrane Centres, etc.).
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