TABLE 2

Quality assessment of the included clinical trialsa

First author, yr (reference)RandomizationAllocation concealmentSimilarity of baseline characteristicsEligibility criteriaBlindingCompleteness of follow-upIntention-to-treat analysis
Outcome assessorCare providerPatient
Masiá, 2017 (28)NoNAYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
Zhao, 2016 (27)YesYesNobYesNoNoNoYesYes
Paris, 2008 (20)YesYesYesYesNoNoNoYesYes
File, 2007 (15)YesNRYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
el Moussaoui, 2006 (14)YesYesNocYesYesYesYesYesYes
D'Ignazio, 2005 (11)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Drehobl, 2005 (12)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Rahav, 2004 (21)YesNRNodYesNoNoNoNoNo
Sopena, 2004 (25)YesNRYesYesNoNoNoYesYes
Tellier, 2004 (26)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Dunbar, 2003 (13)YesNRYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Sánchez, 2003 (29)NoNANoeYesNoNoNoYesNo
Léophonte, 2002 (18)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
O'Doherty, 1998 (19)YesNRYesYesNoNoNoYesNo
Gris, 1996 (16)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
Schönwald, 1994 (23)YesNRYesYesNoNoNoYesNo
Bohte, 1995 (9)YesNRYesYesNoNoNoYesNo
Rizzato, 1995 (22)YesNRYesYesNoNoNoNRNo
Kinasewitz, 1991 (17)YesYesNRYesYesYesYesYesNo
Brion, 1990 (10)YesNRNofYesNoNoNoYesNo
Schönwald, 1990 (24)YesNRNRYesNoNoNoYesNo
  • a Abbreviations: NA, nonapplicable; NR, not reported.

  • b Baseline characteristics except age were similar between the treatment groups. Patients in the short-course treatment group were significantly younger than those in the long-course treatment group.

  • c The treatment groups had similar baseline characteristics, except for the number of smokers and symptoms at admission, which were significantly more severe in the short-course treatment group.

  • d The treatment groups were comparable with respect to age and the severity of signs and symptoms, but significantly more females received the short-course treatment.

  • e The severity of pneumonia was similar between the treatment groups compared, but patients in the short-course treatment group were significantly older than those in the long-course treatment group.

  • f Significantly more males received the short-course treatment.