Clinical Practice Guidelines
Clinical Practice Guidelines are valuable tools that will allow you to advance the physician-patient communications process and enhance the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
AAOS physician volunteer Work Groups develop Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines to serve as an educational tool based on an assessment of the current scientific and clinical information and accepted approaches to treatment.
AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG)
Clinical Practice Guideline Progress Report
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About AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Guideline FAQ
- The guideline methods are described in the Methods section of each full guideline document. Additional information regarding the guideline development process can be found in the Introductory Packet for Work Group Members.
- Tools for Work Groups
- Search AAOS Now for Articles about Guidelines
Nominating a Topic for AAOS Guideline Development
- Any AAOS member may nominate a topic
- The AAOS Guidelines Oversight Committee will review all topic nominations on an annual basis. If your topic is selected you will be notified.
- 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.
Understanding Guideline Language (as of June 2013)**
Strength of Evidence
Strong evidence supports that the practitioner should/should not do X, because...
Two or more HIGH quality studies
Moderate evidence supports that the practitioner could/could not do X, because...
1 HIGH or 2 MODERATE quality studies
Limited evidence supports that the practitioner might/might not do X, because...
One or more LOW quality studies and/or only 1 MODERATE study
In the absence of reliable evidence, it is the opinion of the work group that…*
Expert opinion (no studies)*
* The work group is only permitted to make a consensus-based recommendation, when not establishing a recommendation could have catastrophic consequences.
**For guidelines published prior to June 2013, see the “Methods” section of the full guideline document for previous guideline language.
Comments on Guidelines
- AAOS members are invited to submit comments regarding published guidelines (requires AAOS login)
AAOS Endorsing External Clinical Practice Guidelines
- AAOS Endorsed Guidelines
- Process for reviewing an external clinical practice guideline for endorsement
Other Clinical Practice Guideline Resources
- National Guidelines Clearinghouse is a resource for the public seeking evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
- Information about performance and quality measures can be obtained from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
For non-evidence based AAOS statements please visit the web page for AAOS Position Statements.
For more information about Evidence-Based Medicine, please contact Leeaht Gross, MPH, Evidence-Based Medicine Coordinator, Department of Research and Scientific Affairs, at email@example.com.
Evidence Based Medicine
- Evidence Based Medicine Information
- Appropriate Use Criteria
- Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Clinical Performance Measures
- Outcomes Instruments and Information
- Technology Overviews
Awards & Opportunities
Research Council & Committees
- Council on Research and Quality
- Biological Implants
- Biomedical Engineering
- Evidence-Based Quality and Value
- Patient Safety
- Research Development
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