TABLE 2.5Definition of agreement between each consensus panel (eg between Group 1 and Group 2 in Phase A)

AGREEMENTDEFINITION
100% agreement Inappropriate to testConsensus in both groups – 100% agree that the test is INAPPROPRIATE
Less than 100% but greater than 75% agreement Inappropriate to testConsensus in both groups – 75–100% agree that the test is INAPPROPRIATE
UncertainUNCERTAIN no consensus reached in at least one of the groups

One group reached consensus that the test is APPROPRIATE, but the other group was UNCERTAIN

One group reached consensus that the test is NOT APPROPRIATE, but the other group was UNCERTAIN

Both groups were UNCERTAIN

Both group reached consensus, but consensus was in OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS! (That is one group reach consensus that it is appropriate and the other group reach consensus that it was not appropriate).
100% agreement appropriate to testConsensus in both groups – 100% agree that the test is APPROPRIATE
Less than 100% but greater than 75% agreement Appropriate to testConsensus in both groups – 75–100% agree that the test is APPROPRIATE

From: 2, Methods

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