AAOS sponsors comparative effectiveness research symposium

This month, the AAOS is sponsoring a symposium on comparative effectiveness research (CER). The symposium, which will be held May 19–21 in Washington, D.C., has the following goals:

The CER symposium will be led by principle investigators James N. Weinstein, DO, MS, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; Kristy L. Weber, MD, chair of the AAOS Council on Research and Quality; and Mark Helfand, MD, MPH, MS, director of the Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center. Among those invited to attend are orthopaedic surgeons and other medical specialists, young investigators, researchers, and industry and government representatives with a background and interest in CER.

“Comparative effectiveness research, in its broadest sense, refers to the evaluation of the relative clinical effectiveness, safety, and cost of two or more medical services, drugs, devices, therapies, or procedures used to treat the same condition,” explains Dr. Weber. “Although many orthopaedic surgeons are concerned that comparative effectiveness will be equated with cost effectiveness, cost is just one aspect of the equation.

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