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Table 2b

Four main quality criteria of articles from literature review on effect of SMT on pain – maximum score 8 points

Article
Is the assessment blinded?
Is the randomization procedure mentioned?
Study subjects:
Were losses and exclusions reported?
Total points
 Yes = 2 ptsPointsYes = 2 ptsPointsNaive to tx and blindPointsYes = 2 ptsPointsMax = 8 Min = 0
[31]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Blind
1
Yes
2
7
[28]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Naive and blind
2
No
0
6
[44]
No
0
Yes
2
Naive and blind
2
Yes
2
6
[43]
No
0
Yes
2
Naive and blind
2
Yes
2
6
[40]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Naive and blind
2
No
0
6
[21]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Naive and blind
2
No
0
6
[39]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Blind
1
Yes
2
6
[42]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Blind
1
No
0
5
[29]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Naive
1
No
0
5
[38]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Blind
1
No
0
5
[20]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Blind
1
No
0
5
[34]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Naive
1
No
0
5
[35]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Naive
1
No
0
5
[37]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Nothing
0
No
0
4
[18]
No
0
Yes
2
Nothing
0
Yes
2
4
[32]
Yes
2
No
0
Naive and blind
2
No
0
4
[33]
Yes
2
No
0
Naive and blind
2
No
0
4
[41]
Yes
2
Yes
2
Nothing
0
No
0
4
[30]
Yes
2
No
0
Blind to sham laser
1
No
0
3
[19]
Yes
2
No
0
Blind
1
No
0
3
[36]
No
0
Yes
2
Nothing
0
No
0
2
[23]No0No0Nothing0No00

Articles scoring ≤ 4/8 pts.

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