Table 5.

Quality assessment of included trials with LVMI as outcome

Author, Year (Reference)Randomization Process DescribedAllocation ConcealmentBlinding (who)Complete Follow-UpInclusion/Exclusion Criteria SpecifiedIntention-to-TreatImportant Baseline Differences
London, 1994 (32)NoNRYes (echo interpreter)YesYesNoNo
Shibasaki, 2002 (26)NoNRYes (echo scanner and interpreter)YesYesNRNo
Kanno, 2004 (33)NoNRNRNRYesNRNo
Matsumoto, 2006 (30)NoNRNRYesYesNRNo
Yu, 2006 (31)NoNRYes (NR)YesYesYesNo