Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
The CER Development Process (2)
A comprehensive systematic review of the literature was then conducted from 12 electronic databases (1990 to September 2009), grey literature, trial registries, and reference lists. Controlled and uncontrolled studies that assessed nonoperative or operative treatments or postoperative rehabilitation for adults with confirmed rotator cuff tears were included. All methods used in the review followed version 1.0 of the Methods Reference Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews published by AHRQ (draft available at: http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/repFiles/2007_10DraftMethodsGuide.pdf). The draft CER was prepared and published online and was subject to public comment and peer review to improve the final product. Once finalized, the complete report was published on the Effective Health Care Program Web site (available at: http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&productID=467) and in the Annals of Internal Medicine (abstract available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20621893).
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Methods reference guide for effectiveness and comparative effectiveness reviews. Version 1.0. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Draft Posted October 2007. Available at: http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/repFiles/2007_10DraftMethodsGuide.pdf.
- Seida JC, Leblanc C, Schouten JR, et al. Systematic review: nonoperative and operative treatments for rotator cuff tears. Ann Intern Med 2010;153:246-55.
- Seida J, Schouten JR, Mousavi SS, et al. Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears, Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 22 (Prepared by University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0023). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2010. AHRQ Publication No. 10-EHC050.
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