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)

Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures

Preventing Venous Thromboembolic Disease in Patients Undergoing Elective Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

The Treatment of Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures

Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans

Optimizing the Management of Rotator Cuff Problems

Treatment of Symptomatic Osteoporotic Spinal Compression Fractures

Diagnosis of Periprosthetic Joint Infections of the Hip and Knee

Diagnosis And Treatment of Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture

Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures

Treatment of Glenohumeral Joint Osteoarthritis

Treatment of Pediatric Diaphyseal Femur Fractures

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Clinical Practice Guideline Progress Report

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About AAOS Clinical Practice 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)**

Guideline Language

Recommendation Grade

Strength of Evidence

Strong evidence supports that the practitioner should/should not do X, because...

Strong

Two or more HIGH quality studies

Moderate evidence supports that the practitioner could/could not do X, because...

Moderate

1 HIGH or 2 MODERATE quality studies

Limited evidence supports that the practitioner might/might not do X, because...

Limited

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…*

Consensus*

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

Other Clinical Practice Guideline Resources

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 gross@aaos.org.