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Effectiveness of physical therapy interventions for children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review

Heidi Anttila1*, Ilona Autti-Rämö123, Jutta Suoranta4, Marjukka Mäkelä15 and Antti Malmivaara1

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1 Finnish Office for Health Technology Assessment (FinOHTA), at the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES), PO Box 220, FIN-00531 Helsinki, Finland

2 The Social Insurance Institute, PO Box 450, 00101 Helsinki, Finland

3 Hospital of Children and Adolescents, University of Helsinki, PO Box 280, 00029 HUS, Finland

4 Tampere School of Public Health, 33014 University of Tampere, Finland

5 Department of General Practice, University of Copenhagen, PO Box 2099, 1014 Copenhagen K, Denmark

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BMC Pediatrics 2008, 8:14  doi:10.1186/1471-2431-8-14

Published: 24 April 2008

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Quality assessment criteria list and decision rules (adapted and modified from van Tulder et al[33])

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Methodological quality of the trials. The four items in italics were considered to constitute "high quality".

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Patient and intervention characteristics.

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Detailed intervention descriptions.

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Effectiveness of physical therapy interventions by the ICF components. Outcomes with moderate evidence are in bold.

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Full details of the baseline values and changes on all measured outcomes of each trial.

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