A critical appraisal of "Effectiveness of high-intensity laser therapy in patients with myogenic temporomandibular joint disorder: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study"

Gunn, Savanna
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This paper gives an appraisal of a 2021 article originally published in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery which evaluates the effectiveness of high-intensity laser therapy (HILT) in the treatment of patients with myogenic temporomandibular disorder. An introduction of the importance and purpose of this critical appraisal is given along with the clinical question that is answered by this research article. This is followed by a description of the methods used in the literature search process and the background information of the article chosen. An appraisal providing the strengths and weaknesses is included for each component of the article including the introduction, methods, results, and discussion. Finally, a discussion section outlines the significance and relevance of this study as well as an argument in favor of the intervention appraised and how it would be applicable in a clinical setting.