Table 5– Methods
CategoryChecklist itemYesNo
Panel assemblyIncluded experts from relevant clinical and non-clinical disciplines×
Included an individual who represents the views of patients and society at large×
Included a methodologist with appropriate expertise (documented expertise in development of conducting systematic reviews to identify the evidence base and development of evidence-based recommendations)×
Literature reviewPerformed in collaboration with a librarian×
Searched multiple electronic databases×
Reviewed reference lists of retrieved articles×
Evidence synthesisApplied pre-specified inclusion and exclusion criteria×
Evaluated studies for sources of bias×
Explicitly summarised benefits and harms×
Used PRISMA1 to report systematic review×
Used GRADE to describe the quality of evidence×
Generation of recommendationsUsed GRADE to rate the strength of recommendations×
  • PRISMA: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses; GRADE: Grading of Recommendation, Assessment, Development and Evaluation.