Research: Outcomes Data Demonstrates That Common Shoulder Surgery is Ineffective, November 2017



A UK randomised controlled trial involving 313 patients, 51 surgeons and 32 hospitals used post-treatment Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data collected at six and twelve months to demonstrate that a common surgical treatment of shoulder pain (arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression) is no more effective than not operating on these patients.
This surgery is commonly performed in the UK and this study shows that simply by measuring outcomes data provides essential new information about the effectiveness of treatments. Routinely collected outcomes data has the opportunity to improve care for all patients while reducing the significant costs associated with providing ineffective treatments.

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