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spine tuberculosis RCT

Aikeremujiang Muheremu, Xiaohui Niu, Zhongyan Wu, Wei Tian
BACKGROUND: Timely and appropriate surgical intervention can enhance the stability of spine, eliminate the compression on spinal cord and prevent the further development the complications that may follow. However, there is no optimum surgical approach that has been agreed by surgeons. OBJECTIVE: Incidence rate of spinal tuberculosis is still high in many developing countries. Except from chemotherapy, some patients require surgical treatment at certain phases of disease development...
July 2015: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthop├ędie Traumatologie
Jens Ivar Brox
The randomized controlled trial (RCT) is generally accepted as the most reliable method of conducting clinical research. To obtain an unbiased evaluation of the effectiveness of spine surgery, patients should be randomly assigned to either new or standard treatment. The aim of the present article is to provide a short overview of the advantages and challenges of RCTs and to present a summary of the conclusions of the Cochrane Reviews in spine surgery and later published trials in order to evaluate their contribution to quality management and feasibility in practice...
August 2009: European Spine Journal
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