AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines

AAOS Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines are based on a systematic literature review of published studies. Multidisciplinary guideline development groups construct Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines to serve as an educational tool based on an assessment of the current published scientific and clinical information and accepted approaches to treatment. AAOS clinical practice guidelines meet all of the IOM standards for developing a trustworthy clinical practice guidelines. The process involves many steps to limit the risk of bias, incorporating a large number of experts on the topic under study via clinician work groups and peer review and public commentary stages. For more information on the development process for AAOS clinical practice guidelines, please view the Clinical Practice Guideline Methodology


Companion Consensus Statements

Preliminary clinical practice guideline recommendations, or PICO questions, which return no evidence after the systematic literature review is conducted are separated from the final guideline report and turned over to relevant specialty societies to form companion consensus statements.

AAOS Consulting Resources Available for Specialty Societies

 The AAOS Department of Research and Scientific Affairs has created a chart detailing the tools and resources currently available to facilitate research and quality activities within the Specialty Societies.

To nominate a topic for a future guideline click here.

  • Any AAOS member may nominate a topic
  • The AAOS Committee on Evidence-Based Quality and Value will review all topic nominations on an annual basis.   
  • Specialty societies that wish to collaborate with AAOS, or that wish to use AAOS resources in preparing guidelines must use the AAOS methodology and processes for guideline development.

Which orthopaedic topics are currently being researched by the AAOS ?

Please see and subscribe to the monthly EBM Newsletter to stay up-to-date on the progress of AAOS guidelines and appropriate use criteria. 

For non-evidence based AAOS statements please visit the web page for AAOS Position Statements.