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Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) is one of the most common performed procedures in orthopaedic surgery.1 In the middle aged and older population, meniscal tears are often part of a degenerative process of the knee. The most recent guidelines recommend against the use of arthroscopic knee surgery in patients with degenerative knee disease.2 However, this has not led to a consistent decline in the number of APMs performed.3 4 One of the reasons for this is a surgeon’s belief in being capable to identify which patient will benefit more from surgery than from conservative treatment.5
For this study, we created an online survey to test the ability of orthopaedic surgeons to predict the functional outcome of patients who received treatment for meniscal tears. Also, …
Contributors The infographic was created by AV. VvdG and CHB equally contributed to the manuscript. VvdG, CHB and RP were cochief investigators. VvdG, CHB, NWW, DS, IH and RP were involved in the design of the study and its implementation. VvdG, CHB, NWW, IH and RP designed the prespecified statistical analysis plan. The members of the ESCAPE Research Group were responsible for study progress of the ESCAPE Trial and data collection at site. VvdG, CHB and NWW did the statistical analyses. VvdG and CHB wrote the first draft of the manuscript. NWW, JCAN, DS, IH and RP made revisions. All authors and collaborators read and approved the final manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.