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Table 1 Implications to strong and weak/conditional recommendations to different end-users

From: The Canadian Society of Nephrology methods in developing and adapting clinical practice guidelines: a review

End-Users Strong recommendations Weak/Conditional recommendations
Patients Most people in this situation would want the recommended course of action and only a small proportion would not The majority of people in this situation would want the recommended course of action, but many would not
Clinicians Most patients should receive the recommended course of action Be more prepared to help patients to make a decision that is consistent with their own values/decision aids and shared decision making
Policy makers The recommendation can be adapted as a policy in most situations There is a need for substantial debate and involvement of stakeholders