Comparative effectiveness report on osteoarthritis updated

Research Activities, December 2011, No. 376

An updated review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) compares the effectiveness and safety of analgesics in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Overall, no clear differences in effectiveness of different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were found, but there were potentially important differences in the risk of serious harms.

The update, Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Analgesics for Osteoarthritis—An Update of the 2006 Report, includes new research that better addresses the comparative effectiveness and safety of oral and topical medications for osteoarthritis. This and many other evidence-based decisionmaking resources are available on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.
Current as of December 2011
Internet Citation: Comparative effectiveness report on osteoarthritis updated: Research Activities, December 2011, No. 376. December 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/dec11/1211RA42.html