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Table 2 Summary of study characteristics

From: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials on the effectiveness of exercise programs on Lumbo Pelvic Pain among postnatal women

Author/Publication year/country Publication title Design Population/Sample Quality rating
Mens et al., [46] 2000 Netherlands Diagonal Trunk Muscle Exercises in Peripartum Pelvic Pain: A Randomised Clinical Trial Randomised controlled trial Total: 44 women ‘Good’
Intervention group: 16
Control group 1: 14
Control group 2: 14
Stuge et al., [47]a 2004 The Efficacy of a Treatment Program Focusing on Specific Stabilising Exercises for Pelvic Girdle Pain After Pregnancy: A Randomised Controlled Trial Randomised, single-blind, clinically controlled study with a stratified group design Total: 81 women ‘Good’
Intervention group: 40
Control group: 41
One year postpartum:
Intervention group: 39
Stuge et al., [51]a 2004 Norway The Efficacy of a Treatment Program Focusing on Specific Stabilising Exercises for Pelvic Girdle Pain After Pregnancy: A Two-Year Follow-up of a Randomised Clinical Trial   Control group: 39
Two year postpartum:
Intervention group: 30
Control group: 35
Gutke et al., [48] 2010 Sweden Specific muscle stabilising as home exercises for persistent pelvic girdle pain after pregnancy: a Randomised, Controlled Clinical Trial Prospective, randomised, single-blinded clinically controlled study Total: 86 Women ‘Good’
Intervention group: 32
3-month follow-up analysis (n = 26)
6-month follow-up analysis (n = 24)
Control group: 54
3-month follow-up analysis (n = 39)
6-month follow-up analysis (n = 36)
Chaudry et al., [49] 2013 Pakistan Effectiveness of core stabilisation exercises along with postural correction in postpartum back pain A randomised controlled trial with non-probability sampling Total: 40 women ‘Fair’
Intervention group: 20
Control group: 20
  1. aBoth publications originated from the same trial