Figure 1 is a flow diagram illustrating possible clinical paths for patients with rotator cuff tears, showing decision nodes for operatiave or nonoperative treatments to mutiple options within those two choices, and the potential resulting outcomes. It also locates the key questions of the review within the context of the framework.

Figure 1Analytic framework

NSAID = nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drug

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Butler M, Forte M, Braman J, et al.

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