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Table 4 Quality assessment of the Evidence describes the four different categories of the quality assessment of the included guidelines and pathways of this study

From: Towards integration of palliative care in patients with chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic literature review of European guidelines and pathways

High Quality Evidence Medium Quality Evidence Low Quality Evidence Very Low Quality Evidence
Guidelines/pathways based on both systematic reviews and consensus methods or those developed following the NICE protocol [82]. Guidelines/pathways based on systematic review only or based on other types of well referenced evidence. Guidelines/pathways based on consensus methods only. Guidelines/pathways that are unclear (e.g. apparently evidence based but failing to clarify how this was obtained).