Evid Based Nurs 4:21 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.1.21
  • Treatment

Review: exercise programmes increase walking times in patients with intermittent claudication

Weighted mean differences in walking times for patients with intermittent claudication who participated in exercise programmes

Comparison No of studies Weighted mean difference in walking times in minutes (95% CI)
*3 trials were not included in the statistical analysis because of incomplete data.
†Not significant.
Exercise v usual care or placebo 3* −6.52 (4.38 to 8.67)
Exercise v angioplasty 1 −3.30 (2.21 to 4.39)
Exercise v antiplatelet treatment 1 −1.06 (0.15 to 1.97)
Exercise v surgery 1 −1.66 (−4.55 to 1.23)†
Exercise v pentoxifylline 1 −0.45 (−0.66 to −0.24)

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