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Table 2 Characteristics of included reviews.

From: Exercise therapy for bone and muscle health: an overview of systematic reviews

Diagnosis [Reference] Date assessed as up-to-date review Patient inclusion criteria Included trials/patients Methodological quality of included trials Methodological quality of reviews [13]
Fibromyalgia [14] August 2007 A confirmed diagnosis of fibromyalgia 34/2276 Mean van Tulder scoresa: 7.33 for aerobic training; 4 for strength training) Met: all
Low back pain [22] August 2008 Non-specific low back pain (with or without leg pain) 12 weeks or longer 41/4485 Mean PEDro scoresb: 6.33 for exercise versus no treatment), and 5.82 for exercise versus minimal intervention Met: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9; not met: 10, 11; unclear: 1
Neck pain [21] February 2008 Non-specific neck pain in adults 33/6218 Mean PEDro scores: 5.67 Met: 2, 6, 7, 11; not met: 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10; unclear: 1
Shoulder pain [20] March 2011 Primary symptom of shoulder pain in adults 17/1436 Mean PEDro scores: 5.87 Met: 5, 7, 11; not met: 3, 4, 8, 10; unclear: 1, 2, 6, 9
Osteoporosis [15] December 2010 Healthy postmenopausal aged women between 45 and 70 years 43/4320 Most trials were scored as 'unclear' for randomization, allocation concealment, attrition, selective reporting, and assessor blinding Met: all
Osteoarthritis (knee) [16] December 2007 Knee OA based on accepted criteria or self-reported knee OA on the basis of chronic joint pain 32/3616 Of 43 trials, 9 (28 % ) studies had low risk of bias Met: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11; not met: 3, 10
Osteoarthritis (hip) [17] August 2008 Hip OA based on accepted criteria or self-reportedhip OA 5/267 Of 5 trials, 3 had low risk of bias and 2 trials had moderate risk of bias Met: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11; not met: 3, 10
Rheumatoid Arthritis [18] December 2008 Adults with classic or definite RA based on established criteria 8/575 4 of 8 trials fulfilled at least 8 of 10 methodological criteria Met: all
Ankylosing spondylitis [19] January 2007 AS based on the modified New York criteria 11/763 Of 11 trials, 3 had low risk of bias; 3 had moderate risk of bias, and 5 had high risk of bias Met: all
  1. avan Tulder quality scores for internal validity (0 to 11 scale).
  2. bPEDro scale scores methodological quality with 11 items.