Systematic reviews on the basis of methodological criteria

Henrica C.W. De Vet, Robert A. De Bie, Geert J.M.G. Van Der Heijden, Arianne P. Verhagen, Petra Sijpkes, Paul G. Knipschild

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This paper describes a method of systematic reviewing. This method puts much emphasis on the methodological quality of the randomised clinical trials involved. Various items concerning the internal validity, precision and relevance of the studies are scored in such a way that next to the methodological quality the amount of uncertainty about it also becomes visible. These quality assessments are not only useful for systematic reviews, but also have an educational function for researchers with respect to the design and publication of a clinical trial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-289
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997


  • Methodological quality
  • Physical therapy
  • Randomised clinical trials
  • Systematic review

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