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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Gaps in Present Knowledge

  • Additional comparative effectiveness research of open, mini-open, and arthroscopic approaches is a priority, as arthroscopic procedures are more costly and technically more difficult.

  • Studies are needed on the effectiveness of early vs. delayed surgery and nonoperative vs. operative interventions.

  • Also needed are appropriate comparisons of nonoperative treatments, the use of augmentation, analyses of the long-term effectiveness of treatments (minimum of 12 months), and the influence of patient prognostic factors.