Table 4

Strength of recommendation

Strength of recommendationMeaning
Strong forThe intervention should be considered as the first treatment option (benefits are higher than risks)
Conditional forThe intervention can be considered as a possible treatment option (not sure that benefits are higher than risks)
Conditional againstThe intervention should not be considered as the first treatment option; it could be considered in selected cases after discussion with the patient (not sure that risks are higher than benefits)
Strong againstThe intervention should not be considered as a possible treatment option (risks are higher than benefits)