The comparative efficacy of group- versus home-based exercise programs in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: Protocol for a meta-analysis

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Abstract

Background:

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an important factor to not only cause employment obstacle, but also result in serious social economic load. Several randomized controlled trials investigated the efficacy of group- versus home-based exercise programs in patients with AS. This systematic review will collect and summarize the available evidence to realize the effectiveness of group- and home-based programs in patients with AS.

Methods:

A search in PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library will be electronically performed by 2 independent investigators to capture all potential studies comparing group- and home-based in patients with AS. The time limit of search will be from their inception to April 2018. Two independent investigators provide their agreement in presencial meeting for a final selection, and at a later stage, the articles will be reviewed in full-text by the all authors. Quantitative analysis will be performed with Review Manager (RevMan) software (version 5.3.0).

Results:

This meta-analysis will provide a high-quality synthesis of current evidence of group- versus home-based exercise programs in patients with AS.

Conclusion:

The conclusion of our meta-analysis will provide the evidence which program is an effective intervention for patient with AS.

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