Table 2

Criteria for assigning a grade to recommendations

Grade of Evidence

Criteria


Grade A

Strong recommendation (action can apply to most individuals in most circumstances)

Benefits clearly outweigh risks (or vice-versa)

Evidence is at Level 1, 2, or 3

Grade B

Weak recommendation (action may differ depending on individual's characteristics or other circumstances)

Unclear if benefits outweigh risks

Evidence is at Level 1, 2, or 3

Grade C

Consensus recommendations (alternative actions may be equally reasonable)

Unclear if benefits outweigh risks

Evidence is at Level 3 or 4


Kesäniemi et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010 7:41   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-7-41

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