Critical appraisal tools (CATs) are commonly used by students and researchers alike, as a way of judging a study’s quality. In this blog, Dennis Neuen addresses the need to appraise these tools and has also collated a list of 12 CATs from all over the world.
Alina provides a critical appraisal of the ARTEMIDA trial (2015) that assessed efficacy of Actovegin in poststroke cognitive impairment.
This blog is a critical appraisal of a randomised controlled trial comparing a tailored exercise programme with a general exercise programme for individuals with low back pain and movement control impairment.
This blog is a critical appraisal of a systematic review exploring the benefits of early mobilisation following hip or knee replacement surgery.
This blog is a critical appraisal of a randomised control trial investigating the effects of bed exercises following a total hip replacement.
This is a critical analysis of a preliminary randomized control trial to determine if using the Nintendo Wii FitTM would be beneficial as part of the rehabilitation of strength, movement and function following a total knee replacement.
This blog takes a critical look at a randomised controlled trial which assessed the effectiveness of a physiotherapy-led exercise programme after total hip replacement.
This blog takes a critical look at whether a general or tailored exercise programme for a subgroup of individuals with lower back pain is more effective.
This blog takes a critical look at the use of acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome.
This study critically appraises an RCT, looking at whether Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) is more effective in patients with chronic low back pain when it’s applied specifically or non-specifically to the back pain area.
Do patients who have experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) have better outcomes when they receive bed rest OR when they get out of bed and engage in light activity (e.g. walking, standing or sitting) as soon as possible after treatment? (Also known as ‘early ambulation’)
This blog takes a critical look at a strength-based training programme for young people with Down Syndrome.
This blog takes a critical look at a study investigating whether more intense therapy following a neurological event (e.g. a stroke or traumatic brain injury) can lead to a reduction in length of stay in a rehabilitation unit.
Here are 34 key concepts that are crucial to understand to be able to critically appraise the claims that people make about treatments. And here are lots of resources that explain each key concept. Students, we need your help reviewing them!