Putting the baby back in the bathwater: the interpretation of randomised trials in surgery

R. Gandhi, A. V. Perruccio, Sanjeev Kakar, F. S. Haddad

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Recently, several high impact randomised controlled trials have been published suggesting no greater benefit from orthopaedic surgery over conservative treatment, or limited surgical intervention. These studies can have profound effects on clinical practice, leading to the abandonment of previously widely-used operations. How do surgeons who believe these operations are beneficial over conservative treatment rationalise these findings, and justify their use with hospital administrators and health care funders who require evidence for the value and efficacy of surgical treatment?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1456-1457
Number of pages2
JournalThe bone & joint journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015



  • randomised trials; outcomes

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  • Medicine(all)

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