img-description Consensus Recommendations

Definition:
Expert opinion (no studies)
Only used in one circumstance: It pertains to medical interventions that potentially prevent loss of life or limb (catastrophic consequences).

Description:
A Consensus recommendation means that expert opinion supports the guideline recommendation even though there is no available empirical evidence that meets the inclusion criteria.
 
Implications:
Practitioners should be flexible in deciding whether to follow a recommendation classified as Consensus, although they may set boundaries on alternatives. Patient preference should have a substantial influencing role.

Language Stem:
In the absence of reliable evidence, it is the opinion of the work group….