Your ability to critically appraise the literature (and in particular an RCT) is key to your future as a health care professional. It is central to making informed decisions relating to best patient care. In this assignment you are a reviewer for a journal and you are required to systematically appraise your allocated study. The assignment is to be completed in 5 steps:
•Obtain your allocated study
•Analyze the study by applying the CONSORT guidelines (2010).
•Appraise the study for quality by applying the Cochrane framework “risk of Bias” analysis for RCT’s. Support your analysis.
•Discuss study outcomes
•Discuss the potential problems in transferring the (and RCT’s in general) study outcome into clinical practice.
Download your allocated study (ONE ONLY). You will need to login to the library.
Goertz, C. M., Long, C. R., Hondras, M. a, Petri, R., Delgado, R., Lawrence, D. J., … Meeker, W. C. (2012). Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: the results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine, 38(8), 627–634. doi:10.1097/BRS.0b013e31827733e7
PART 1: CONSORT Guidelines (5% of unit)
a) Read the COSORT guidelines. You will need to read the 2001, then the 2010 update. I have supplied the required files for you.
Altman, D. G., Schulz, K. F., Moher, D., Egger, M., Davidoff, F., Elbourne, D., & Lang, T. (2001). Academia and Clinic The Revised CONSORT Statement for Reporting Randomized Trials?:, 134(8).
Boutron, I., Moher, D., Altman, D. G., Schulz, K. F., & Ravaud, P. (2008). Annals of Internal Medicine Academia and Clinic Extending the CONSORT Statement to Randomized Trials of Nonpharmacologic Treatment?: Explanation and Elaboration, 295–310.
Schulz, K. F., Altman, D. G., Moher, D., & Group, C. (2010). Academia and Clinic Annals of Internal Medicine CONSORT 2010 Statement?: Updated Guidelines for Reporting Parallel Group Randomized Trials OF TO, 1996(14).
b) Apply the CONSORT check list to your study Nb. You will submit the checklist results as an iLearn Quiz