Patient education for patellofemoral pain: a systematic review Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE:To evaluate the effect of education interventions compared with any type of comparator on managing patellofemoral pain (PFP). DESIGN:Intervention systematic review. PROSPERO identifier: CRD42018088671. LITERATURE SEARCH:MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, and Web of Science were searched for studies evaluating the effect of education on clinical and functional outcomes in people with PFP. STUDY SELECTION CRITERIA:Two reviewers independently assessed studies for inclusion and quality. We included randomized controlled trials on PFP where at least 1 group received an education intervention (in isolation or in combination with other interventions). DATA SYNTHESIS:Available data were synthesized via meta-analysis where possible; data that were not appropriate for pooling were synthesized qualitatively. Interpretation was guided by the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation approach. RESULTS:Nine trials were identified. Low-credibility evidence indicated that health education material alone was inferior to exercise therapy for pain and function outcomes. Low- and very low-credibility evidence indicated that health professional-delivered education alone produced outcomes similar to those of exercise therapy combined with health professional-delivered education for pain and function, respectively. CONCLUSION:Health professional-delivered education may produce similar outcomes in pain and function compared to exercise therapy plus health professional-delivered education in people with PFP. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2020;50(7):388-396. Epub 29 Apr 2020. doi:10.2519/jospt.2020.9400.

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  • 2020