Table 1

Overview of organisations approached and responses obtained
Organisation Group # responses GRADE application to public health interventions # specific responses contributing to sample
Cochrane Collaboration Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group 1 GRADE applied without significant challenges 0
Public Health Group 1 GRADE endorsed and currently being tested 1
Campbell Collaboration Methods Group 1 GRADE not currently applied 0
World Health Organization HIV/AIDS 1 GRADE applied without significant challenges 1
Tuberculosis 1 GRADE applied with minor challenges 1
Nutrition for Health and Development 1 GRADE applied without significant challenges 1
Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health 2 GRADE applied with minor/major challenges 2
Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals 1 GRADE applied with minor challenges 1
Mental Health 1 GRADE applied with major challenges 1
Public Health and Environment 2 GRADE applied with major challenges 1
Health Systems and Services 1 GRADE applied with minor challenges 1
Reproductive Health and Research 1 GRADE applied with minor/major challenges 1
Public Health Agency of Canada Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control 1 GRADE currently being tested 0
Canadian Guidelines for Immigrant Health - 1 GRADE applied with minor challenges 1
Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care - 1 GRADE applied with major challenges 1
Swedish National Institute of Public Health Department of Child and Elderly Health 1 GRADE endorsed and currently being tested 0
United States Community Preventive Services Task Force Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Community Guide Branch 1 GRADE not currently applied 0
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Office of the Chief Scientist 1 GRADE not currently applied 0
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, United Kingdom Centre for Public Health Excellence 1 GRADE not currently applied 0
Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services SUPPORT network 3 GRADE applied with minor challenges 2
Boston University Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation 1 GRADE not currently applied 0
Total - 25 - 15

Minor challenges: no major concerns, challenges in relation to exact interpretation of GRADE criteria and challenge with respect to GRADE application.

Major challenges: major concerns, introduction of new GRADE criteria, use of observational and non-epidemiological evidence.

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Rehfuess and Akl BMC Public Health 2013 13:9   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-9

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