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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

Systematic Review Archived

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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.


The objective of this review is to provide a comprehensive synthesis of the evidence examining the effectiveness of nonoperative and operative interventions for the treatment of rotator cuff tears. The report is intended for a broad audience, including professional societies developing clinical practice guidelines, patients and their care providers, as well as researchers conducting studies on treatments of this condition. Outcomes of interest include health-related quality of life, shoulder function, time to return to work, cuff integrity, pain, range of motion and strength of the shoulder.

Journal Publications

Seida JC, LeBlanc C, Schouten JR, Mousavi SS, Hartling L, Vandermeer B, et al. Systematic Review: Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:246-255. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-153-4-201008170-00263.