Basing practice on evidence

By Terry Stanton

Work group chair discusses vertebroplasty recommendation

The newest clinical practice guideline—on the Treatment of Osteoporotic Spinal Compression Fractures—includes a strong recommendation against the use of vertebroplasty. Although the AAOS Board of Directors knew that physicians who favor the procedure might object, its vote to adopt the guideline signaled an unwavering endorsement of the use of evidence-based medicine to evaluate treatment modalities.

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