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Table 5 GRADE: Summary of Findings

From: Conservative versus surgical management for patients with rotator cuff tears: a systematic review and META-analysis

Outcomes No. of participants (studies) Certainty of the evidence (GRADE)
Constant-Murley score at 1-year of follow-up 257
(3 RCTs)

HIGH
Constant-Murley score at 2-year of follow-up 211
(2 RCTs)

HIGH
VAS pain score 147
(2 RCTs)

HIGH
  1. GRADE Working Group grades of evidence
  2. High certainty: We are very confident that the true effect lies close to that of the estimate of the effect
  3. Moderate certainty: We are moderately confident in the effect estimate: The true effect is likely to be close to the estimate of the effect, but there is a possibility that it is substantially different
  4. Low certainty: Our confidence in the effect estimate is limited: The true effect may be substantially different from the estimate of the effect
  5. Very low certainty: We have very little confidence in the effect estimate: The true effect is likely to be substantially different from the estimate of effect