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Living evidence: a new approach to the appraisal of rapidly evolving musculoskeletal research

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  • Contributors The initial manuscript was drafted by BZ and JK. All authors contributed substantially to the conception of the idea for this editorial, reviewed and edited the text, and approved the final version.

  • 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 VM reports educational grants, consulting fees and speaking fees from Smith & Nephew plc, educational grants from Arthrex, and is a board member of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. In addition, VM is the deputy editor-in-chief of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy and has a patent Quantifed injury diagnostics-US Patent No. 9,949,684, issued on 24 April 2018, issued to University of Pittsburgh. MB reports consulting fees from Bioventus, Pendopharm and Acumed. KS is a member on the board of directors of Getinge AB (publ).

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