img-description Consensus Recommendations

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

A Consensus recommendation means that expert opinion supports the guideline recommendation even though there is no available empirical evidence that meets the inclusion criteria.
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….