AAOS to Add Systematic Reviews to Evidence-based Products

David S. Jevsevar, MD, MBA

Beginning this year, the AAOS Evidence-based Quality and Value Committee (EBQV) will convene workgroups to produce and publish systematic reviews as part of its evidence-based program for orthopaedics.

Since 2007, the AAOS has created and published clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) as part of this program. To date, the AAOS has published 17 CPGs, highlighting the efficacy of treatments and the current state of associated research literature. As defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), CPGs are “systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.”

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