Research and Scientific Affairs

The Research and Scientific Affairs Department collects, analyzes, and disseminates scientific data and information for members, AAOS staff, and external organizations to support the mission of the Academy. The department also supports the AAOS Council on Research and Quality and its associated committees and activities.



RESEARCH NEWS is now live!

OrthoGuidelines brings all of the AAOS CPGs into one interactive platform. The site uses responsive technology, making it easy to use on any device.  The new platform transforms AAOS CPGs from static PDF documents to searchable, sortable, and comparable documents. With keyword searches, users can now search all CPGs for any recommendation containing a keyword. Users can also sort recommendations by topic, stage of care, or recommendation strength.

AAOS EBM Newsletter

Check out the AAOS Evidence-Based Medicine Newsletter for up to date information on AAOS CPGs, AUCs, and SRs. To be added to the mailing list, send 'subscribe' to


• Performance Measures: Thank you for your interest in joining an AAOS Performance Measures Workgroup. The application process for the 2015 Performance Measure Development Workgroups has closed. Learn more about AAOS Performance Measure Development at:

Recent Guidelines and AUCs

The Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) on Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly, Detection and Nonoperative Management of Pediatric Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) in Infants Up to 6 Months of Age, and Management of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries were approved by the AAOS Board of Directors at their meeting on September 5, 2014. The AAOS Board of Directors also approved the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the Management of Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures. Please use the following links to access the full documents:

Recent and Upcoming Programs

Resources for Specialty Societies

The AAOS Department of Research and Scientific Affairs has created a chart detailing the tools and resources currently available to facilitate research and quality activities within the Specialty Societies.