An editorial this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine discusses the methods used to develop treatment strategies in rheumatoid arthritis.
A recent analysis of the impact of preoperative opioid use on outcomes following total knee replacement has generated interest within and outside Brigham and Women's. Subjects who took opioids prior to surgery had smaller reductions in pain at 6 months after surgery than those who took no opioids. The paper was published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
The outcomes of total joint replacement can vary by hospital, surgeon, implant model, and technique. In a February 3 Consumer Reports piece, Dr. Katz discusses the advantages of high-volume hospitals and surgeons, and warns against unproven technologies (such as 3-D printed implants) that may add unnecessary expense.
Clinical trials take center stage in this winter’s Brigham Health magazine, featuring the work of Drs. Katz and Losina. The article gives a history of design and recruitment for the MeTeOR trial, which compared operative and non-operative treatments for meniscal tear.
This month, OrACORe and PIVOT released an updated model of the Osteoarthritis Risk Calculator (OA Risk C). This interactive, web-based education tool calculates a user’s risk of OA and of undergoing TKR, based on demographic and risk factor information. For more about how we developed this tool, click here.
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) features a recent OrACORe publication on the cost-effectiveness of several pain medications among older adults with OA and co-existing diabetes and heart disease. Click here to learn more.
Dr. Jeffrey Katz is quoted in The New York Times regarding the use of surgery for meniscal tears. The article highlights the MeTeOR study, which compared surgery with physical therapy in middle-aged people with a torn meniscus and knee pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Katz is interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about his recent editorial on combating chronic knee pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Katz is quoted in a recent The New York Times article in regards to how “Surgery is much better at improving pain than physical therapy”. Click here to read the full article: Study Points to Benefits of Knee Replacement Surgery Over Therapy Alone.