Systematic reviews in clinical practice: evaluating evidence for management of acute whiplash-associated disorder

Christine Wright, Alison Rushton, Jill Gamlin, Derek Farrell

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Abstract

Introduction: The methodology of systematic review (SR) has developed considerably in recent years. The SR is rated as providing the highest level of evidence as it applies rigour in combining findings from original evidence. However, concern has been expressed regarding the quality of some SRs. Critical evaluation of SRs is essential to ensure that they provide best evidence to inform management decisions in practice.

Content: A background to SRs illustrates their development and importance to informing decisions for best practice, especially for the busy clinical practitioner. The characteristics of a SR are evaluated using an illustrated example of the development of a SR method to evaluate conservative physical management of patients with acute whiplash-associated disorder grade II.

Discussion and Conclusions: Understanding the key components of a SR enables effective critique of a published review. This in turn facilitates efficient use of the SR findings within clinical decision making in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-342
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Best practice
  • Evidence
  • Systematic review
  • Whiplash associated disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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