Assisted standing for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Background: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common X-linked neuromuscular disorder. When boys with DMD reach the second decade of life, they lose their ability to walk and become wheelchair dependent. Standing devices and orthoses are considered to be an essential component in the therapy management of DMD. Clinical opinion and research from other neurological conditions highlight the proposed benefits of standing device use, however, its effect within this population is currently unknown. A review of the evidence for the use of standing devices and orthoses is necessary to inform all stakeholders, including people with DMD, clinicians, decision makers and funders, and to guide future research.
Objectives: To assess the effects of standing devices and orthoses on musculoskeletal impairments (such as pain, contracture, scoliosis development and bone density) in boys and men with DMD, and secondarily to determine their effect on quality of life, participation in activities, and patient experience (satisfaction). We also considered any adverse events associated with their use.
Search methods: We searched the Cochrane Neuromuscular Specialised Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, AMED, PsycINFO, CINAHL Plus, PEDro, and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global up to 5 September 2019. We checked references in identified trials, handsearched journal abstracts, and searched trials registries.
Selection criteria: We planned to include randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs of any model of standing device for use in DMD. The control interventions would have been any other comparison group, including no standing device, a different model of standing device, usual care, or an alternative form of assistive weight bearing.
Data collection and analysis: We used standard Cochrane methodological procedures.
Main results: Although we identified 13 potentially relevant studies, none met the inclusion criteria for this review.
Authors' conclusions: Since there were no RCTs or quasi-RCTs available to evaluate the effectiveness of standing devices in people with DMD, studies are needed to investigate the effectiveness of standing devices in this population.
Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland)
National Institute for Health Research via Cochrane Infrastructure funding to Cochrane Neuromuscular.
CommentsThis review is published as a Cochrane Review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019, Issue 10. Cochrane Reviews are regularly updated as new evidence emerges and in response to comments and criticisms, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews should be consulted for the most recent version of the Review. Pedlow K, McDonough S, Lennon S, Kerr C, Bradbury I. Assisted standing for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews. 2019;10(10):CD011550. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011550.pub2. https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD011550.pub2/full
Published CitationPedlow K, McDonough S, Lennon S, Kerr C, Bradbury I. Assisted standing for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews. 2019;10(10):CD011550.
Publication Date13 October 2019
- School of Physiotherapy
- Population Health and Health Services
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