Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
Comparative Effectiveness or Operative Repair for Rotator Cuff Tears
In general, the studies showed few differences in function between interventions. Analysis of comparative studies provided a moderate level of evidence that functional patient outcomes were similar across each of the following surgical interventions: open vs. mini-open; mini-open vs. arthroscopic; open or mini-open vs. arthroscopic; and arthroscopic with or without acromioplasty. The strength of evidence was low for the remaining comparisons examined in the studies, precluding any conclusions regarding their comparative effectiveness.
- 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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