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Physical Therapy for Knee Pain Secondary to Osteoarthritis: Future Research Needs

Systematic Review

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Archived: This report is greater than 3 years old. Findings may be used for research purposes, but should not be considered current.

This report is from AHRQ's series on Future Research Needs Projects.


This Future Research Needs (FRN) project is a followup to the draft Comparative Effectiveness Review (CER) "Physical Therapy Interventions for Knee Pain Secondary to Osteoarthritis." The review was motivated by uncertainty around the effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of physical therapy (PT) treatments for adult patients with knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis (OA). The purpose of this FRN project is to identify and prioritize specific gaps in the current literature on PT for knee pain due to OA that would aid decisionmakers. We used a deliberative process to identify evidence gaps, translate gaps into researchable questions, and solicit stakeholder opinion on the importance of research questions. This report proposes specific research needs along with research design considerations that may be useful in advancing the field.