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2019 Aug




A Comparison of Treatment Effects for Nonsurgical Therapies and the Minimum Clinically Important Difference in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review.


Concoff A, Rosen J, Fu F, Bhandari M, Boyer K, Karlsson J, Einhorn TA, Schemitsch E
JBJS Rev. 2019 Aug; 7(8):e5.
PMID: 31415278.


The minimum clinically important difference (MCID) was developed to ascertain the smallest change in an outcome that patients perceive as beneficial. The objectives of the present review were (1) to compare the MCIDs for pain assessments used among guidelines and meta-analyses investigating different nonsurgical therapies for knee osteoarthritis and (2) to compare the effect estimates of different nonsurgical interventions against a single commonly-utilized MCID threshold.