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STUDY OBJECTIVES Many patients undergo surgery for snoring and sleep apnea, although the efficacy and safety of such procedures have not been clearly established. Our aim was systematically to review studies of the efficacy and adverse effects of surgery for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. DESIGN Systematic review. MEASUREMENTS PubMed and Cochrane(More)
The objective of this overview is to summarize from systematic reviews the evidence on the effectiveness of using upper and lower limb casting or orthoses in children with cerebral palsy. We used computerized bibliographic databases to search for systematic reviews without any language restrictions. Identification, selection, quality assessment, and data(More)
BACKGROUND To assess the effectiveness of physical therapy (PT) interventions on functioning in children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS A search was made in Medline, Cinahl, PEDro and the Cochrane library for the period 1990 to February 2007. Only randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on PT interventions in children with diagnosed CP were included. Two(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify critical issues in performing randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on complex interventions such as physiotherapy in multifaceted disabilities like cerebral palsy (CP); to systematically assess how well trials handled patient characteristics, key components of complex interventions, and outcome assessments; to make suggestions for(More)
We conducted a criteria-based appraisal of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of physiotherapy and conductive education interventions in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Computerized bibliographic databases were searched without language restriction up to August 2007. Reviews on trials and descriptive studies were included. Two reviewers(More)
OBJECTIVES In conducting reviews on the effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions on children with cerebral palsy, the assessment of trials can be hampered by problems in reporting. Therefore, we set out to evaluate trial reporting by using the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement recommendations. METHODS Randomized,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to develop and test a generic framework to enable international collaboration for producing and sharing results of health technology assessments (HTAs). METHODS Ten international teams constructed the HTA Core Model, dividing information contained in a comprehensive HTA into standardized pieces, the assessment(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effects of oat products with increasing beta-glucan content on the glycemic (GI) and insulin indexes (II) of oat products, and to establish the effect of physical properties of beta-glucan on these physiological responses. DESIGN Test group (n=10) randomly attended to three glucose tolerance tests and glycemic response tests for(More)
BACKGROUND This study systematically evaluates the effects and harms of physiotherapy methods and explores current treatment practices and costs in relation to lymphoedema in breast cancer patients in Finland. MATERIAL AND METHODS A systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on physiotherapy interventions for breast cancer patients with(More)