Making the case for orthopaedic procedures

By Madeleine Lovette

Comparative effectiveness research provides science to support results

The explosive growth in the number of costly orthopaedic procedures—including joint replacements, back surgeries, and other treatments—has attracted the attention of legislators, payers, employers, and experts in both health care and economics. Without scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of these procedures, many of these critics are beginning to ask questions. They want to know the following:

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