A critical appraisal of "Effects of treadmill training with the eyes closed on gait and balance ability of chronic stroke patients"

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As a physical therapist, it is important that our treatment plans are based on solid research, which we need to be able to identify. This critical appraisal is a first step in learning what makes an article a credible source that can be applied in the clinical setting. After pinpointing a research question, the article was chosen through PubMed database based on the inclusion criteria against other articles. In order to determine its authority, the strengths and weaknesses of each section of the article were assessed. Overall, the paper was well written and drew strong conclusions from its results, however it was missing a lot of elements that calls into question its credibility as a source. Based on these missing elements, it can be concluded that the article should not be used as evidence for an intervention in a clinical setting.

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