Relative efficacy of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and topical capsaicin in osteoarthritis: protocol for an individual patient data meta-analysis

Persson, Monica S.M. and Fu, Yu and Bhattacharya, Archan and Goh, Siew-Li and Middelkoop, Marienke van and Bierma-Zeinstra, Sita M.A. and Walsh, David A. and Doherty, Michael and Zhang, Weiya (2016) Relative efficacy of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and topical capsaicin in osteoarthritis: protocol for an individual patient data meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 5 (1). 165/1-165/8. ISSN 2046-4053

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Abstract

Background

Pain is the most troubling issue to patients with osteoarthritis (OA), yet current pharmacological treatments offer only small-to-moderate pain reduction. Current guidelines therefore emphasise the need to identify predictors of treatment response. In line with these recommendations, an individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis will be conducted. The study aims to investigate the relative treatment effects of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and topical capsaicin in OA and to identify patient-level predictors of treatment response.

Methods

IPD will be collected from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of topical NSAIDs and capsaicin in OA. Multilevel regression modelling will be conducted to determine predictors for the specific and the overall treatment effect.

Discussion

Through the identification of treatment responders, this IPD meta-analysis may improve the current understanding of the pain mechanisms in OA and guide clinical decision-making. Identifying and prescribing the treatment most likely to be beneficial for an individual with OA will improve the efficiency of patient management.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Osteoarthritis, Topical, NSAIDs, Capsaicin, Individual patient data meta-analysis
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: 10.1186/s13643-016-0348-8
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 13:35
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 19:50
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39851

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