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Table 2

Quality criteria of articles selected for a systematic critical literature review on the effect of SMT on pain

ArticleIs the assessment blinded?Is there a control on psychological characteristics of subjects?The validity of the outcome variable:When was it measured?Is the random procedure mentioned?Number of experiments (pain + SMT)Study subjects:SMT performed by:Is the SMT well described?Are losses and exclusions reported?Experimental conditionsEstimates givenAre differences tested for statistical significance?Total of points
 
Yes = 2 pts No = 0 point
Points
Yes = 1 point No = 0 point
Points
Pilot study = 1 pts or ,Ref are given = 1 pt or, it's reproducible = 1 pt Nothing = 0 pt
Points (max 1 pt)
before and after = 1 point only after = 0 point
Points
Yes = 2 pts No = 0 point
Points
> 1 = 1 point 1 = 0 point
Points
Naive to tx and blind (sham manip) = 2 pts Naive or blind = 1 point Not naive and not blind = 0 pt
Points
Same person = 1 point Experienced person (> 5 years) = 1 point
Points (max 2 pts)
Yes = 1 point No = 0 point
Points
Yes = 2 pts No = 0 point
Points
same day or T° controlled or same time = 1 point different day and T° or time not controlled = 0 point
Points
Yes = 1 point No = 0 point
Points
Yes = 1 point No = 0 point
Points
Min = 0 Max = 18
[39]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Blind
1
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
Yes
2
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
16
[21]
Yes
2
No
0
Reproducible
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Naive and blind
2
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
15
[31]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Blind
1
Experienced
1
Yes
1
Yes
2
T controlled
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
15
[42]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Blind
1
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
14
[29]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Naive
1
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
14
[44]
No
0
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Naive and blind
2
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
Yes
2
More 48 H, no control T°
0
Yes
1
Yes
1
14
[38]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Blind
1
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
14
[34]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Naive
1
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
No
0
Same day?
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
14
[35]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Naive
1
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
No
0
Same day?
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
14
[37]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Nothing
0
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
13
[28]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Naive and blind
2
Experienced
1
Yes
1
No
0
More 48 H, no control T°
0
Yes
1
Yes
1
13
[43]
No
0
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Naive and blind
2
Same
1
Yes
1
Yes
2
More 3 days, no control T°
0
Yes
1
Yes
1
13
[20]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
3
1
Blind
1
Experienced
1
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
13
[40]
Yes
2
No
0
Reproducible
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
2
1
Naive and blind
2
Experienced
1
Yes
1
No
0
More 7 days, no control T°
0
Yes
1
Yes
1
13
[18]
No
0
Yes
1
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
2
1
Nothing
0
Nothing
0
Yes
1
Yes
2
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
12
[19]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
No
0
3
1
Blind
1
Same and experienced
2
Yes
1
No
0
More 48 H, no control T°
0
Yes
1
Yes
1
11
[32]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
No
0
3
1
Naive and blind
2
Nothing
0
Yes
1
No
0
More 3 days, control T°
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
11
[30]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
No
0
3
1
Blind to sham laser
1
Nothing
0
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
10
[36]
No
0
Yes
1
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
10
1
Nothing
0
Nothing
0
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
10
[41]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
Yes
2
1
0
Nothing
0
Nothing
0
Yes
1
No
0
Same day
1
Yes
1
Yes
1
10
[33]
Yes
2
No
0
Ref given
1
Before and after
1
No
0
3
1
Naive and blind
2
Nothing
0
No
0
No
0
More 3 days, no control T°
0
Yes
1
Yes
1
9
[23]No0Yes1Ref given1Before and after1No021Nothing0Nothing0yes1No0Highly controlled1Yes1Yes18

T° = temperature.

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