Are glucosamine and chondroitin effective remedies for osteoarthritis?

From: JAMA

Journal rating:
rating: 100%
Study Quality:
rating: 100%
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Overall Reliability

Article Quality:
rating: 65%
Partcipants
rating: 50%

Participants/situation

  • 15 trials including 1,710 partcipants.

Study

  • The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
  • This means that the data from all similar trials has been grouped to form an overall outcome.

Results

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin preparations for osteoarthritis demonstrate moderate to large effects but the investigators note that most of the trials were supported or performed by a manufacturer.
  • It seems probable that these compounds do have some efficacy in treating osteoarthritis symptoms and that they are safe.

Answer

  • Yes (without confidence)

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