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Table 5

Definitions for each of the possible types of recommendation

RecommendationDescription
Favourable
Favourable for general use by clinicians to determine site of care
Favourable with limitations
Favourable for determining site of care although limits exist such as number and quality of studies, limited generalizability, etc.
Unclear
Based on the evidence available, it is unclear whether or not this procedure should be recommended for use
Unfavourable with exceptions
Procedure is not recommended for general use but may be used in limited circumstances (e.g. other techniques unavailable.)
UnfavourableProcedure is not recommended for use (limited number of studies, significant flaws in methods, not generalizable, high quality evidence against validity and/or reliability)
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