Comparative effectiveness report on osteoarthritis updatedAn 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 at http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/.
Research Activities, December 2011: Announcements: Comparative effectiveness report on osteoarthritis updated