Letters Arthroscopic surgery for knee pain

Arthroscopic surgery for knee pain: where is the shared decision making?

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4388 (Published 15 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4388
  1. Samuel J Finnikin, GP
  1. Ley Hill Surgery, Sutton Coldfield B74 2UE, UK
  1. finniksj{at}bham.ac.uk

Evidence suggests significant overtreatment of knee pain with arthroscopy when less invasive, less expensive treatment options are equally effective.1 Not only is this potentially harmful for patients but it represents an inexcusable misuse of resources. Surely this could be solved through judicious application of shared decision making?

A brief search for patient decision aids in this area finds the …

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