Topic: Critical appraisal of the research article
Article for appraisal:
Gohir, S. A., Eek, F., Kelly, A., Abhishek, A., & Valdes, A. M. (2021). Effectiveness of Internet-Based Exercises Aimed at Treating Knee Osteoarthritis: The iBEAT-OA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA network open, 4(2), e210012-e210012.
Understanding and appraising the validity of research is vital for your career as a student and professional. This assessment task requires to you to summarise key information, and to appraise the internal and external validity of the research study.
You are a physiotherapist, working in a private regional clinic that offers online consultations. A 52-year-old man, named Ray, attends an online consultation seeking treatment for pain in his knee. He has visited his GP, who has confirmed a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee by assessing Ray’s clinical symptoms and X-rays. Ray is healthy, has no ongoing medical conditions and is not taking any medications. He also has a Body Mass Index that is in the healthy range.
Ray lives in regional Victoria and cannot attend your clinic in person. To provide a treatment plan for Ray, you would like to explore the research literature to find evidence to support the use of an internet-based exercise program to provide pain relief.