Journal Information
Vol. 27. Issue 6. (In progress)
(01 November 2023)
This issue is in progress but contains articles that are final and fully citable.
Systematic review
What do people believe to be the cause of low back pain? A scoping review
Søren Grøn, Kasper Bülow, Tobias Daniel Jonsson, Jakob Degn, Alice Kongsted

  • There is a high variation in measuring causal beliefs about low back pain.

  • No measurement exists that clearly isolates causal beliefs from other belief domains.

  • There is a lack of studies exploring longitudinal relationships between causal beliefs and health outcomes.

  • Causal beliefs are just one element of a complex beliefs construct, and there is very little quantitative evidence from which its unique relevance can be judged.

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Test procedures and positive diagnostic criteria of the upper limb tension tests differ: a systematic review of the DiTA database
Arianne P Verhagen, Hayley Brown, Mark Hancock, David Anderson

  • Most of the cervical radiculopathy studies included physical examination in their reference standard, potentially leading to a risk of confirmation bias.

  • Included studies varied in reported test procedures and positive diagnostic criteria.

  • Based on our findings we proposed a more standardised test procedure for the ULTT1 with accompanying criteria for when the test is positive to facilitate homogeneity in future diagnostic accuracy studies of the ULTT.

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Arm swing asymmetry in people with Parkinson's disease and its relationship with gait: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Jessica Espinoza-Araneda, Cristian Caparrós-Manosalva, Paula M. Caballero, Maira J. da Cunha, Ritchele R. Marchese, Aline S. Pagnussat

  • People with Parkinson´s disease (PD) have greater arm swing asymmetry than healthy individuals.

  • People with PD have lower arm swing (AS) amplitude than healthy individuals.

  • As PD progresses, symptoms worsen and gait cadence increases, AS asymmetry decreases.

  • AS asymmetry and AS are relevant motor parameters for gait rehabilitation in PD.

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A proposal for a universal physical therapy diagnostic concept
Marc Perron, Rachel Brosseau, Désirée B. Maltais, Vincent Piette, Alain Godbout, Hélène Corriveau, Luc J. Hébert

  • This manuscript proposes a new physical therapy diagnostic concept.

  • This proposition is based on the World Health Organisation classifications.

  • This model goes beyond the health problem.

  • It includes the impact of relevant impairments on everyday activities and performance.

  • It is applicable to all patients in all contexts and practice domains.

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Original research
Bimanual hand use in children and adolescents with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy: an exploratory study
Simone A. Bueno, Marisa C. Mancini, Rachel H.S. Oliveira, Marina J. Airoldi, Beatriz S. Vieira, Andrew M. Gordon, Marina B. Brandão

  • Children with USCP have difficulties to use their hands and feel bothered with their performance.

  • Extensive caregiver assistance may limit the child's performance in bimanual activities.

  • Intervention should consider efficacy, time, and the child feeling bothered in bimanual activities.

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Short communications
Compared to what? An analysis of comparators in trials informing the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) low back pain guideline
Geronimo Bejarano, Ben Csiernik, Joshua R. Zadro, Giovanni E. Ferreira

  • Almost one in three trials included in the NICE LBP CPG use suboptimal comparators.

  • Invasive and non-surgical trials used more suboptimal comparators than pharmacological trials.

  • Use of suboptimal comparators in a substantial proportion of trials may be misleading some CPGs leading to inconsistencies in recommendations.

  • Using suboptimal comparators made treatments less likely to be recommended for use by NICE LBP CPG.

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Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
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