In published literature, there is a large diversity in description of the included subjects and orthoses used. For this reason, direct comparisons of the relevant results are difficult and meta-analyses are likely not possible. Moreover, the levels of existing evidence for most orthotic interventions or related studies are relatively low.
In order to improve the quality of proposal and manuscript preparations on orthotics related studies, ISPO Scientific Committee would like to develop an Orthotic Data Set – a set of minimal data that researchers should present in their proposals and manuscripts, and reviewers could appreciate and assess the researchers’ quality of work in a more logical and systemic approach.
The Orthotic Data set is divided into three sections:
1. Overall description – its contents are general information about participants, such as age, height, weight and other relevant demographic data.
2. Health condition and functioning – in this part we focus on the data which are necessary to present about health condition and functioning of the included participants, separately for the users of upper limb orthoses, lower limb orthoses and spinal orthoses.
3. Description of orthosis characteristics – this part describes the data about the orthoses used in the relevant study. Examples of upper limb orthoses, lower limb orthoses and spinal orthoses will be presented.
Statement of the objective / learning objectives
To develop a common data set of orthotics related research for enhancement of study design, proposal writing and manuscript preparation