Editing 'Summary of findings' tables linked with GRADEpro GDT

Glossary

Different terms are used between GRADEpro and RevMan Web; below is a quick guide to equivalent terms in the two programs.

  • What happens in GRADEpro = Comments in RevMan Web
  • Explanations in GRADEpro = Footnotes in RevMan Web 
  • Outcome in GRADEpro = Analysis in RevMan Web
  • Intervention in GRADEpro = Intervention group 1 in RevMan Web
  • Comparison in GRADEpro = Intervention group 2 in RevMan Web

Where do I edit - RevMan or GRADEPro?

When working on Summary of Findings tables in GRADEpro and RevMan Web, follow the below guide to determine what data should be edited where, to successfully sync between the two programs.

Item belowPart of GRADEpro SoF tableNotes
1Name of interventionThis will pull from the RMW analysis group on creation but should then be edited in GRADEpro. Edit and update action will not update this field with data from RevMan. 
2Name of controlThis will pull from the RMW analysis group on creation but should then be edited in GRADEpro. Edit and update action will not update this field with data from RevMan. 
3Name of outcome/populationThis will pull from the RMW analysis group on creation but should then be edited in GRADEpro. Edit and update action will not update this field with data from RevMan. The title is structured as a PICO question. The Population component of the PICO question taken from the title of the Analysis group if the words in or for are used: everything following these words becomes Population.  
4

Outcome

This pulls from the analysis name. Edit and update action will update this field with data from RevMan. 
5Anticipated absolute effects Calculated from data in analysis in RevMan Web. Edit and update action will update this field with data from RevMan. 

Relative effectCalculated from data in analysis in RevMan Web. Edit and update action will update this field with data from RevMan. 
6Number of studies / participantsThese are combined in the number of participants (studies) column. Edit and update action will update this field with data from RevMan. 

In RevMan, the data pulled into a GRADEpro summary of findings table is pulled from the analysis you select when creating a SoF table. For example, in the below RevMan analysis, the following fields are pulled into GRADEpro. If you need to edit parts of this analysis, you should do so in RevMan Web

These fields correspond to the below areas in GRADEpro:

Manual editing mode

If you would like to edit the title of the GRADEpro SoF table, you need to turn on manual mode, update the title, and click the save icon on the right. This will then show up in the SoF title in RevMan Web. 

Below, there is further information about what can be edited within a GRADEpro SoF, and where it can be edited:

Additionally, here is a view of the same table in RevMan Web, showing which data can be edited within GRADEpro:

The explanation of acronyms and GRADE Working Group grades of evidence below the table are automatic. 

You can add additional footnotes to the table by selecting the cell that you would like to add the footnote to, selecting explanations in the top right, selecting add new, and typing in relevant text. You can view or edit footnotes in GRADEpro by clicking the bottom panel button. 

Different data types

Continuous data

Continuous data will not be shown automatically in GRADEpro. This is because you need to choose the continuous data type first. You can do it by clicking on the field with "The mean continuous was 0"

Generic inverse variance

GIV analyses are not imported from RevMan, these outcomes need to be added manually.  

Generic inverse variance by design doesn’t show the exact numbers. First you need to turn the number of participants option on and then enter it in RevMan. In GRADEpro you will need to complete the Control riskfield (similar as with Continuous data)

Narrative 

Narrative analyses are not imported from RevMan, these outcomes need to be added manually.  

If narrative type of data is selected, the columns relating to risk and relative effect will be merged, and you can input a narrative statement for that outcome. You can adjust data type by clicking the edit button next to a given outcome, changing settings, then clicking the save icon.

Risk differences

It is not currently possible to include risk differences in GRADEpro summary of findings tables that will sync with RevMan Web. In the meantime, a workaround is to classify risk differences as an "other effect" measure, calculate them manually, and enter them into the table, as they will not populate automatically. 

Dichotomous

For dichotomous data, the Risk with intervention is calculated from Risk with control and relative effect. 

Adding new outcomes

If needed, you can add a new outcome directly in GRADEpro by clicking "Add outcome" and entering the type and relevant data. Of note, this outcome will not be synced into your RevMan Web analysis, and will only show up in the Summary of Findings table. As such, all details for this outcome need to be edited directly in GRADEpro. 

Deleting outcomes

If you delete an outcome using the delete button (trash icon) in GRADEpro, this action is irreversible. 
Deleting an outcome in GradePro will not delete your data from RevMan Web, however this row will be permanently deleted from your GRADEpro Summary of Findings table.
This means that once the outcome is deleted from your GRADEpro Summary of Findings table you will not be able to recover the row in GradePro and it will not be visible in you Summary of Findings Table in RevMan Web.


The GRADEpro knowledge base provides additional information about how to use the online software.