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We draw the reader’s attention to the two-part editorial by Büttner and colleagues.1 2 The authors have made a compelling argument for the need to assess the risk of bias for individual articles included in the systematic reviews. We appreciate Büttner et al1 2 for using our systematic review as an example of why assessing risk of bias is important and the impact it may have on the findings.
Our systematic review summarised therapeutic interventions for improving region-specific patient-reported outcomes (PROs) for patients with chronic ankle instability (CAI).3 A comprehensive literature search was conducted to identify articles based on our inclusion criteria. We did not limit our systematic review to randomised controlled trials (RCTs) because we sought to compile a complete list of all possible treatment options available in the literature. We felt that coalescing all available literature would give clinicians and researchers a single reference source when considering the type of intervention to implement, as well …
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Competing interests None declared.
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