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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears
Authors: Charles A. Reitman, M.D.
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.
Keywords: nonoperative | operative | postoperative rehabilitation | rotator cuff tear | gaps in knowledge
- 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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