AUCs in Development

The AAOS is currently working on the following three Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC):

Three panels—writing, review, and voting—are involved in preparing AUCs. The AAOS follows the RAND/UCLA appropriateness method procedures and all AUCs are based on a systematic review of the research literature.

The writing, review, and voting panels for the DRF AUC have completed their work and this first AUC is expected to be presented to the AAOS Board of Directors for final approval during its March meeting. The writing panel included physicians from the AAOS Board of Councilors (BOC), the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and American Association for Hand Surgery. The DRF AUC is based on an AAOS clinical practice guideline (CPG) plus an updated literature review. A web-based dissemination application is also being developed; it will be pilot tested with the release of the DRF AUC.

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