Evaluating the effectiveness of mechanical methods on the basis of published reports
Mirosław Kokosz, Edward Saulicz, Janusz Kubacki
Mirosław Kokosz, Edward Saulicz, Janusz Kubacki – Evaluating the effectiveness of mechanical methods on the basis of published reports. Fizjoterapia Polska 2003; 3(4); 347-356
Background. Movement based-therapy is becoming increasing popular. In fact, it can be said to be dominant modality in contemporary kinesitherapy. One of the most important criteria justifying the use of a particular therapeutic method is its clinical suitability. In this article, we attempted to establish the effectiveness of mechanical methods on the basis of a literature search. For this purpose we used our own system of evaluating the quality of published reports.Material and methods. We analyzed 20 articles from the literature devoted to the problem of evaluated the effectiveness of mechanical methods. The research reports were then ranked on the basis of the authors’ own method of evaluating their quality.Results. The results of our meta-analysis suggest that kinesitherapeutic methods are more effective than individual treatment methods used in isolation. Conclusions. A literature search in the available data bases produces numerous works discussing therapeutic techniques or diagnostic methods. There are relatively few articles, however, that evaluate the effectiveness of movement-based therapy. There are no unified criteria for the evaluation of effectivenessm which means that in the analysis of outcomes achieved from using one and the same kinesitherapeutic method there are major discrepancies in the results obtained by different authors.
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