A critical appraisal of "Aquatic exercise therapy for people with Parkinson disease: a randomized controlled trial"


This is a critical appraisal of the article "Aquatic Exercise Therapy for People With Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial."� The critical appraisal begins with an introduction of the author, the importance and purpose of the appraisal, and states the clinical question that is inquired: "Is aquatic physical therapy (PT) the most effective way to treat gait for patients with Parkinson's Disease?"�

The appraisal transitions to the literature search and choice process with information about PubMed, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and search limitations. Next, background information and choice justification of the article is stated and followed by a brief summary of the article. Much of the critical appraisal goes through the strengths and weaknesses in each section: introduction, methods, results, and discussion. Here, parts of the article that are done well are stated and improvements that could be made are suggested. Each section has its separate appraisal making this comprehensive in nature.

The critical appraisal ends with a lengthy discussion involving the clinical significance of the study, any justification of interventions in the future, any application of evidence to the present, and a brief conclusion.