Qualitative research is especially valuable in exploring questions related to the acceptability and feasibility of an intervention as well as other implementation considerations. Methods for systematically reviewing the results of multiple qualitative primary research studies are an emerging area of research within the health sciences. However, as with evidence of effectiveness, decision makers need tools for assessing how much confidence they can place in findings from systematic reviews of qualitative evidence. A systematic approach to grading the strength of management recommendations can minimize bias and aid interpretation of expert-created medical guidelines. Indeed, most guideline groups have accepted the necessity for some sort of grading scheme. The American Urological Association and The US GRADE Network aim to provide training to physician leaders to improve their ability to interpret comparative effectiveness research and other medical literature, thus improving the care they provide to all patients, especially those of vulnerable and underserved populations.
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