Table 4

Explanation of the terminology used in BTS recommendations

StrengthBenefits and risksImplications
Strong. It is recommended and so ‘offer’Benefits appear to outweigh the risks (or vice versa) for the majority of the target groupMost service users would want to or should receive this intervention
Conditional. It is suggested and so ‘consider’Risks and benefits are more closely balanced, or there is more uncertainty in likely service users values and preferencesThe service users should be supported to arrive at a decision based on their values and preferences
  • BTS, British Thoracic Society.