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PanelVoice for EVERYONE! - 27 September 2019

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PanelVoice

For almost 2 years PanelVoice has been modernizing the guideline development process. It allowed organizations like the WHO, European Commission or American Society of Hematology create recommendations more efficiently. It changed the way in which panels collaborate, by introducing a platform for asynchronous online discussion between experts. 

 

From now on, we would like to make this functionality available to a wider audience by providing free trial of PanelVoice to every GRADEpro user. You are able to use PanelVoice in every projects with up to 3 team members.

 

All you need is a PICO question with Evidence to Decision table and at least one person checked as a panel member in the TEAM tab. Then you can go to PanelVoice module in the sidebar and try it out. Send the EtD form to yourself and your team members and start the online decision-making process. All panel members will receive emails with a link to an online form, which they can open in any web browser. They will be able to submit their decisions, provide comments and submit them to the system with one click. All results of such process will be collected by GRADEpro and presented in a familiar format of the Evidence to Decision table, accompanied with the information gathered by PanelVoice. 

 

We offer PanelVoice to groups of all sizes. Check our pricing website and contact us for more information. 

 

 

 

 

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Organizations - 24 June 2019

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Organizations are a new structure in GRADEpro, which allows users to collaborate more effectively, benefit from additional GRADEpro functionality (purchased by their organization) and keep the data secure within their selected group of members.

You can think of organization, as of closed and controlled work environment within GRADEpro. Every organization has its administrator, administration panel and tracks progress of work in its projects. Also, GRADEpro extensions can be purchased on the organization level.

 

The Organization Admin

When we create an organization, you are able to choose a person, who will be responsible for its management in GRADEpro system. We call this person “Organization Admin”. He or she is responsible e.g. for creating guideline projects for your group/s and inviting collaborators (like editors, methodologist, systematic reviewers and guideline panel members) to projects. If an organization does multiple projects, organization admin chooses who will become a leader of each separate project. Organization Admin can but doesn’t have to be involved in every guideline done in your organization. It’s up to you, whether your organization admin will just manage the process or will also be involved in everyday guideline work.

Organization Admin manages the organization through a new website called Organization Panel”. Every GRADEpro user, who is an Organization Admin in at least one organization will see a link to enter this panel in his or her account menu.

 

Team management

Organization structure allows multiple individual GRADEpro users to be gathered together to create a team, focused on work on particular guideline project. Organization admin invites GRADEpro users to join the organization. Participation in such group allows not only better cooperation between users, but also grants them benefits purchased by the organization, like e.g. PanelVoice extension.

Organization Admin can (through the Organization Panel) add/remove people in organization, decide about their access to defined parts of GRADEpro project etc.

 

The Organization Panel

The Organization Panel is a dedicated website which helps Organization Admin to perform high level project management tasks and control access to his or her GRADEpro organization.

Data Security

Organizations give an extra layer of control over the data. Organization admin keeps track of users, who are able to access data in the guideline project (only organization members can be invited to organization project). Additionally, project copy can be sent outside of the organization only by the organization admin.

Those limitations add an additional level of data security for groups who wants to make sure only defined group of users has access to the data before publication.

 

Project Management

Organization admin has access to various statistics showing progress of a GRADEpro project.

The team (performing evidence synthesis and recommendation development) is able to report progress of work on each clinical question. This way, the Organization Admin is able to track progress of multiple projects simultaneously: on the high level, but also drilling down to see details of individual questions.

In project details admin can check progress of each PICO question.

 

Project Supervision

Organization panel brings possibility to review most crucial data without accessing the project in GRADEpro software. This opens new possibilities of communication between various roles in a guideline group. People like Panel Chairs are able to preview recommendation framework (EtD) data straight from the Organization Panel (read-only mode) and send comments to project leads, who prepare the data for panel meetings (e.g. research evidence) in GRADEpro.

 

 

Projects Structure in GRADEpro

All users who belong to any organization have new entry page with “workspace” to choose. Every user who has academic or standard GRADEpro license has a “personal workspace”. Additionally, he will see a workspace to choose for every organization he or she is a member.

This way, GRADEpro user, who is active in many groups can have his or her content organized and can focus on projects he or she is currently working on, without a need to log in to a separate organization account.

Organization projects provide such users all the benefits of an organization account, like PanelVoice access, Multi Comparisons module, premium presentations etc.

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Over Review - 27 February 2019

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Developing guidelines using existing Systematic Reviews, may make some dilemmas to developers who facing the fact that there are many SR on the similar topic. In this situation the question arises: which Systematic Review choose? To help our users to solve this kind of problems GRADEproGDT introduces new tool!

Over review is a new module in GRADEproGDT that was created based on the needs and practices of users to facilitate processes related to comparing different Systematic Review on the similar topic. In the module you can easily compare your PICO and outcomes with chosen Systematic Reviews and an automatically generated matrix shows which study were included to each of them.

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Interactive GIN-McMaster Guideline Development Checklist in GRADEpro - 04 January 2019

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GIN-McMaster Guideline Development Checklist is a comprehensive list of topics and items outlining the practical steps to consider for developing guidelines. The Guideline Development Checklist project is a partnership between the Guidelines International Network (GIN) and McMaster University. The checklist is intended for use by guideline developers to plan and track the process of guideline development and to help ensure that no key steps are missed.

Newest GRADEpro version brings the tool in the form of interactive list integrated to the TASKS module.

Each step of the list offers plenty of information about the guideline development process, including tools supporting the process, related references and learning materials.

You can also use the tool to follow along the process by checking each step completed by his team and adding important comments.

We hope that inclusion of this great learning material will additionally strengthen our users understanding of different aspects of guideline development process

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ROBINS-I assessment integration - 21 December 2018

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ROBINS-I (Risk Of Bias In Non-randomized Studies – of Interventions) is a tool used to assess a risk of bias in non-randomized studies of interventions.

 

 

Outcomes in GRADEpro based on observational studies have now possibility to enable ROBINS-I assessment by clicking the checkbox, as presented on the illustration above. This will change the certainty of evidence calculation in evidence table and options available in risk of bias assessment to the one used in ROBINS-I method.

GRADE method calculates certainty of evidence in observational studies, starting from LOW (Which represents lack of certainty in non-randomized studies) certainty and lowering to VERY LOW with any other serious and very serious risk of bias/inconsistency/indirectness/imprecision or publication bias assessment.

ROBINS-I option modifies this method. Certainty of evidence of non-randomized studies starts from HIGH and is lowered by 1 level (HIGH/MODERATE/LOW/VERY LOW) each time risk of bias assessment is lowered.

Example: Outcome based on non-randomized studies with “very serious” risk of bias and “serious inconsistency” will be assessed as “VERY LOW” certainty of evidence.

 

Starting from HIGH

Lowered 2 levels to LOW for “very serious” Risk of Bias

Lowered 1 level to VERY LOW for “serious” inconsistency of data

 

You can learn more about ROBINS-I Tool here: https://sites.google.com/site/riskofbiastool/welcome/home

 

I have a problem with this functionality. Where can I ask for help?

Please send us a support ticket by using the “feedback” function in GRADEpro, or write us directly at support@gradepro.org.

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How to use the new GRADEpro – RevMan 5 integration - 14 October 2018

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The new GRADEpro – RevMan 5 deep integration brings our users a completely new experience regarding the use of both tools together in one system. In this short post we would like to present the highlights of this new functionality, and to show how to maximise the benefits of the integration:

1. Direct review import

Connected accounts make it possible to share data between systems. After a GRADEpro user connects their Cochrane (Archie) account, new import options will appear. Wherever “import from Revman 5” is available, there will now appear an additional option: importing directly from the Archie server.

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How to connect your Archie and GRADEpro accounts? - 14 October 2018

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With the recent GRADEpro update it is now possible to connect your (Cochrane) Archie account to the GRADEpro system and synchronize data between the RevMan 5 and GRADEpro GDT software. You can find general information about this new integration in the following article GRADEpro & RevMan 5″ and more details about possible use cases of this new function the article How to use the new GRADEpro – RevMan 5 integration”. Read More

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Are you ready for G-I-N Conference in Manchester? - 31 August 2018

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As vacations are almost over, we start thinking about new challenges ahead of us in the coming months.

In a few days we will let you know about GRADEpro release that will let you for its better, more effective use.

Next week we are going for G-I-N Conference to Manchester and we would like to recommend you some events connected with GRADE: Read More

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Spring GRADEpro Update. Automatic Narrative Statements - 05 May 2018

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Summary of findings tables now offer the option to add automatic narrative statements to their plain language fields.

A user can generate a narrative comment from the drop-down list of suggested sentences, insert it into the table and, optionally, make final adjustments to the text or add their own description. We hope that this functionality will bring an additional layer of understanding between authors and their various audiences.
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