A critical appraisal of "A newly developed floor chair placed on an office chair reduces lumbar muscle fatigue by cyclically changing its lumbar supporting shape."

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2019-11

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Rambo, Riley

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I completed a critical appraisal on the article called, "A newly developed floor chair placed on an office chair reduces lumbar muscle fatigue by cyclically changing its lumbar supporting shape"�. I used PubMed as a source to find my article by using key words such as chair interventions and low back pain. I made sure the research was published in a credible journal. I went through the introduction section and made sure that is was comprehensive and provided enough background information. I looked at the literature the authors used and made sure they were up to date. I looked for the independent and dependent variables of the study and made sure they were appropriate. Next I appraised the method section by observing how many subjects the researchers recruited and their age. I regarded that the researchers randomly assigned subjects to their groups. I looked for blindness in the study, tools the researchers used and if they had tables that were clear and easy to read. After my appraisal of the methods I moved on to the results. I checked to make sure the results were consistent with the hypothesis. I also observed the outcome measures they provided for the results. Lastly, I made sure the tables were clear and easy to read. Next I moved to the discussion section where I observed if they explained the results they obtained. Also looking that the authors tied the findings into new literature that was credible. Finally, I looked that the authors recognized their limitations and stated ways to improve their research for future studies. After my appraisal I indicated the clinical significance of the study to current PT practice and the relevance it had to my clinical question. I made an argument in favor of the intervention appraised and indicated the potential benefits and risks the study provided. I then stated my confidence in the research by using the research they performed and the validity it had. I finally concluded my appraisal.

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