Critical appraisal of "Effect of aquatic versus land based exercise programs on physical performance in severely burned patients: a randomized controlled trial"

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2021-12

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Nguyen, Bach

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The following is a critical appraisal of the research article "Effect of aquatic versus land-based exercise programs on physical performance in severely burned patients: a randomized controlled trial"� in which I will discuss the strengths in weaknesses for each section including the introduction, methods, results, and discussion. What gives this study its strength is its simplicity. The progression of the study is easy to follow, the introduction lays out the foundation of the burn pathologies, their effects, and how aquatics exercise would help by decreasing impact stress. The outcome measures of VO2 max evaluation as a primary outcome and (30-second chair stand test, stair climb test, 30 meters fast-paced walk, time up and go test, and finally a 6-minute walk test) as a secondary outcome are a good indicator of functional strength, The study, however, fails to describe in detail the exact exercises used in each experimental group and neglects to include the exact p values for each outcome measure. In conclusion, I would rate the article a 7/10, it provides a basic foundation for further studies but falls a bit short in the methods.

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