David S. Jevsevar, MD, MBA
The AAOS, with input from representatives of the American College of Rheumatology, the American Academy of Family Practice, and the American Physical Therapy Association, recently published a collaborative clinical practice guideline (CPG) on the Treatment of Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee (Non-Arthroplasty)—2nd Edition. This evidence-based guideline contains 15 recommendations (Table 1 and Table 2), replaces the 2008 AAOS CPG, and was reevaluated earlier than the 5-year recommendation of the National Guidelines Clearinghouse due to methodologic concerns regarding the evidence used in the first CPG.
The accelerated update was authorized by the AAOS Board of Directors based on the following concerns. Specifically, the AAOS, in the first guideline, included evidence analysis from the following three sources: