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Review Article

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Osteoporosis: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trails

Table 1

Assessing the quality of reports of randomized clinical trials.

ItemScore

Randomization
 Was the study described as randomized (this includes the use of words such as randomly, random, and randomization)?1
 If the first answer is yes, the method to generate the sequence of randomization was described and it was appropriate (table of random numbers, computer generated, etc.)1
 If the first answer is yes, the method to generate the sequence of randomization was described and it was inappropriate (patients were allocated alternately, or according to date of birth, hospital number, etc.)−1

Double blind
 Was the study described as double blind?1
 If the first answer is yes, the method of double blinding was described and it was appropriate (identical placebo, active placebo, dummy, etc.)1
 If the first answer is yes, the method of blinding was inappropriate (e.g., comparison of tablet versus injection with no double dummy)−1

Description of withdrawals and dropouts?
 Was there a description of withdrawals and dropouts? 1

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