Functional recovery prediction during rehabilitation after rotator cuff tears by decision support system

PLoS One. 2024 Mar 25;19(3):e0296984. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0296984. eCollection 2024.


Background: Today's rehabilitation decision-making still relies on conventional methods and different specific targeted rehabilitation protocols. Our study focuses on the decision support system for early rehabilitation after rotator cuff (RC) tears repair, where a multicriteria decision-making framework (MCDM) is applied for the prediction of successful functional recovery and selection of a rehabilitation protocol.

Objective: To identify factors that affect recovery outcomes and to develop a decision support system methodology for predicting functional recovery outcomes at early rehabilitation after RC repair.

Methods: Twelve rehabilitation experts were involved in the design, calibration, and evaluation of a rehabilitation protocol based on the proposed decision support system constructed using the MCDM framework. For the development of a decision support system, 20 patients after RC surgery undergoing outpatient rehabilitation were enrolled in a prospective cohort clinical trial.

Results: The MCDM framework (SWARA method) sensitively assesses different criteria and determines the corresponding criteria weights that were similar to criteria weights assessed subjectively by rehabilitation experts. The assignment of patients into the classes, according to the heuristic evaluation method based on expert opinion and the standard qualitative evaluation methods showed the validity of MCDM methods remain the best new alternative in predicting recovery during rehabilitation.

Conclusions: The results of this paper show that sustainable rehabilitation is an area that is quite suitable for the use of MCDM. The most of rehabilitation protocols are based on traditional methods and approaches, but the sensitive results showed the validity of MCDM methods and remains the best new alternative in prediction recovery protocols during rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy
  • Humans
  • Prospective Studies
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Recovery of Function
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries* / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome

Grants and funding

The author(s) received no specific funding for this work.