Asthma Management Handbook

Recommendation types

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Type

Method

Evidence-based recommendation

Grade A

Body of evidence can be trusted to guide practice 

Grade B
Body of evidence can be trusted to guide practice in most situations

Grade C
Body of evidence provides some support for recommendation but care should be taken in its application

Grade D
Body of evidence is weak and recommendation must be applied with caution

Systematic literature review

Grading of recommendation according to National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grades A to D 

Consensus recommendation following inconclusive literature search

Based on clinical experience and expert opinion after systematic literature review yielded insufficient evidence for an evidence-based recommendation

Based on selected evidence

Based on a limited structured literature review or published systematic review

Adapted from existing guidance

Based on reliable clinical practice guideline(s) or position statement(s)

Consensus recommendation (with reference to named sources)

Based on clinical experience and expert opinion (informed by evidence, where available), with particular reference to named source(s)

Consensus recommendation 

Based on clinical experience and expert opinion (informed by evidence, where available)