TABLE 5-13Musculoskeletal Disorders Priority Topics

MS-AEstablish a prospective registry to compare the effectiveness of treatment strategies for low back pain without neurological deficit or spinal deformity.
MS-BEstablish a prospective registry to compare the effectiveness of surgical and nonsurgical strategies for treating cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) in patients with different characteristics to delineate predictors of improved outcomes.
MS-CCompare the effectiveness of treatment strategies (e.g., artificial cervical discs, spinal fusion, pharmacologic treatment with physical therapy) for cervical disc and neck pain.
MS-DCompare the effectiveness (e.g., pain relief, functional outcomes) of different surgical strategies for symptomatic cervical disc herniation in patients for whom appropriate nonsurgical care has failed.
MS-ECompare the effectiveness of different treatment strategies in the prevention of progression and disability from osteoarthritis.

From: Appendix C, Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities: IOM Recommendations (2009)

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