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Table 3 Summary of the judgements made by the 17 evaluators for Example 1 of the pilot study. Should depressed patients in primary care be treated with SSRIs rather than tricyclics?

From: Systems for grading the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendations II: Pilot study of a new system

Rater Quality of outcome    Relative importance of outcome    Overall quality Balance benefits vs harm Recommendation
  Depression severity Transient side effects Poisining fatalities Depression severity Transient side effects Poisining fatalities    
1 H H Vl 7 9 9 H or Vl Uncertain net benefit Don't do it
2 M M Vl 9 6 7 Vl Net benefit Probably do it
3 H H M 8 7 9 H Uncertain net benefit Toss up
4 H H L 6 5 6    
5 M M M 9 6 8 M Net benefit Do it
6 M M Vl 9 6 9 Vl Net benefit Do it
7 M M L 8 7 8 L Net benefit Do it
8 H H Vl 9 5 3 H Net benefit Probably do it
9 M M L 9 6 8 L Net benefit Probably do it
10 M M L 9 7 8 L Net benefit Probably do it
11 H H L 8 5 7 L Trade offs Probably do it
12 H H L 8 5 7 L Trade offs Probably do it
13 M H M 9 7 9 M Net benefit Do it
14 M M L 9 9 5 OR 9 M Net benefit Probably do it
15 M M Vl 9 6 8 Vl Uncertain net benefit Toss up
16 M M Vl 9 5 9 Vl Not net benefit Don't do it
17 M M M 9 9 9 M Net benefit Toss up