Introduction to Summary of Findings Tables

Introduction to Summary of Findings Tables

Description

This interactive session will introduce the basic concepts of the GRADE approach and how to complete a Summary of Findings (SoF) table using the online version of GRADEpro. Participants will be given practical tips, and help set the agenda for future full-day SoF workshops.

Target audience

The session will be of particular interest to Managing Editors and authors new to SoF tables. We also welcome more experienced users who want to feedback their experience and contribute to future development.

Presenters

Craig Whittington PhD, Director of the UK GRADE Centre and Senior Research Fellow, UCL; Dr Christopher Cates, Senior Fellow in Cochrane Methods Training and Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Airways.

Craig Whittington

Craig Whittington
1 - 2:30pm

Craig is a Senior Research Fellow at University College London (UCL), Associate Director (Clinical Effectiveness) of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH), and Director of the UK GRADE Centre. He received a PhD in psychology (Massey University, New Zealand) in 2000, and has 14 years of experience as a systematic reviewer and been involved in the development of 36 clinical guidelines commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), for which he has conducted over 100 systematic reviews. 

He is an author of over 90 papers, clinical guidelines, book chapters and conference posters/presentations. In 2004 he published in the Lancet a highly cited (620+ citations) systematic review of published versus unpublished evidence for the treatment of childhood depression, which received the journals Paper of the Year award.   

He is particularly interested in the development of systematic review and clinical guideline methods and training, sitting on several National and International working groups; he is current Chair of the Evidence Tables Working Group (Guidelines International Network), a member of Governance Board for the Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR), a member of the GRADE Working Group, and a member of the Joint Methodology Review Steering Group for NICE. In addition, he is the Statistical Advisor for Reviews for the British Journal of Psychiatry, and frequent peer reviewer for the journal. He has also peer-reviewed for eight other journals including the BMJ, the Lancet and Archives of General Psychiatry.

Chris Cates

Chris Cates
1 - 2:30pm

Dr Christopher Cates is a senior clinical research fellow at St George’s, University of London and works as the co-ordinating editor of the Cochrane Airways Review Group. The Cochrane Airways Group support production and publication of Cochrane systematic reviews of airways diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis (a long-term lung condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus) and chronic cough.

Dr Cates started as a systematic reviewer with the group at St George’s in 1995 and has authored a number of systematic reviews summarising the risks and benefits of a variety of inhaled treatments and vaccinations for asthma and COPD. His first review compared spacers to nebulisers for delivering inhaled treatment to people with acute asthma, and spacers have now become the recommended delivery method for children in many asthma guidelines, such as the SIGN/BTS Asthma Guideline. He has been co-ordinating editor since 2003.

Dr Cates has worked in primary care as a GP in Hertfordshire for 23 years, and has a particular interest in applying evidence in practice. In 1999 his practice was awarded Beacon status for successfully reducing antibiotic prescribing in children with ear infections. His website includes an online calculator which will create Cates plots. These are smiley face plots that visually communicate the risks and benefits of treatment. The plots help explain how the effects of treatment apply to high-risk and low-risk patients, and how benefits and risks of treatments can be compared. These plots have been adopted as part of the Patient Decision Aids initiative from the National Prescribing Centre (NPC) in Liverpool. These are available on the NPC legacy website.