1. Effect of evidence and changes in reimbursement on the rate of arthroscopy for osteoarthritis.

    American Journal of Sports Medicine 41(5):1039 (2013) PMID 23460330

    The efficacy of arthroscopic debridement or lavage for knee osteoarthritis (OA) was cast into doubt after publication of several randomized controlled trials beginning in 2002. The authors set out to determine whether evidence of ineffectiveness, along with subsequent changes in reimbursement, w...
  2. Management patterns in acute low back pain: the role of physical therapy.

    Spine 37(9):775 (2012) PMID 21099735 PMCID PMC3062937

    Retrospective cohort study. To evaluate the relationship between early physical therapy (PT) for acute low back pain and subsequent use of lumbosacral injections, lumbar surgery, and frequent physician office visits for low back pain. Wide practice variations exist in the treatment of acute low ...
  3. Comparative effectiveness of ventral vs dorsal surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

    Neurosurgery 68(3):622 (2011) PMID 21164373

    Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction. To determine the feasibility of a randomized clinical trial comparing the clinical effectiveness and costs of ventral vs dorsal decompression with fusion surgery for treating CSM. A nonrandomized, prospect...
  4. BRIEF REPORT: Patient-physician agreement as a predictor of outcomes in patients with back pain.

    Journal of General Internal Medicine 20(10):935 (2005) PMID 16191141 PMCID PMC1490226

    To determine whether a patient-physician agreement instrument predicts important health outcomes. Three hundred eighty patients with back pain were enrolled in a comparison of rapid magnetic resonance imaging with standard x-rays. One month later, patients rated agreement with their physician in...
  5. Rapid magnetic resonance imaging vs radiographs for patients with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial.

    JAMA 289(21):2810 (2003) PMID 12783911

    Faster magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning has made MRI a potential cost-effective replacement for radiographs for patients with low back pain. However, whether rapid MRI scanning results in better patient outcomes than radiographic evaluation or a cost-effective alternative is unknown. To...