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Table 3 Quality assessment according to the PEDro scale (RCTs only)

From: Low level laser therapy (Photobiomodulation therapy) for breast cancer-related lymphedema: a systematic review

Reference 1. Eligibility criteria 2. Random allocation 3. Concealed allocation 4. Baseline comparability 5. Blinded subjects 6. Blinded therapists 7. Blinded assessors 8. Adequate follow-up 9. Intention-to-treat analysis 10. Between-group comparisons 11. Point measures and variability Total score (_/10) (criteria 1 not included)
Ridner et al. 2013 [49] Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes 6
Omar et al. 2011 [48] Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 7
Lau and Cheing 2009 [52] Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes Yes 4
Kozanoglu et al. 2009 [50] Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes 5
Maiya et al. 2008 [51] Yes Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes 5
Kaviani et al. 2006 [47] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No 5
Carati et al. 2003* [46] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes 8
Sub-item total score (_/7) 7 6 1 6 3 2 1 5 3 7 6  
  1. *Two-component crossover study, only the first phase was included for analysis
  2. ‘High quality’ studies (≥5) were represented in bold