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2022 Jul 15

Medicine (Baltimore)



Traditional Chinese medicine therapies for patients with knee osteoarthritis: A protocol for systematic review and network meta-analysis.



Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain and disability as well as a socioeconomic burden on healthcare services globally. Numerous clinical trials indicated that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may effectively improve the clinical symptoms of KOA patients. However, the comparative efficacy and safety of different TCM therapies in patients with KOA is not yet clear. In order to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TCM for KOA, we will conduct a systematic review and network meta-analysis on the existing randomized controlled trials (RCTs).