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Multiple clinical trials have shown that knee arthroscopy, compared with medical management, does not result in clinically significant benefits for patients with osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, and knee pain.1,2 It is unclear whether these trials have affected clinical practice. Reimbursement incentives favor surgery, and surgeons’ and patients’ beliefs may not reflect the evidence.3 In this article, I document the trends in the use of knee arthroscopy in Florida from January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2015.
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Accepted for Publication: June 16, 2018.
Corresponding Author: David H. Howard, PhD, Department of Health Policy and Management, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322 (email@example.com).
Published Online: September 24, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.4175
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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