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Research Review - Final – Jul. 5, 2010

Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears


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May be out of date: This report was assessed in February 2014 and some conclusions may be considered out of date. View the Nomination Summary (PDF; 1.3 MB)


The objective of this review is to provide a comprehensive synthesis of the evidence examining the effectiveness of nonoperative and operative interventions for the treatment of rotator cuff tears. The report is intended for a broad audience, including professional societies developing clinical practice guidelines, patients and their care providers, as well as researchers conducting studies on treatments of this condition. Outcomes of interest include health-related quality of life, shoulder function, time to return to work, cuff integrity, pain, range of motion and strength of the shoulder.