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AAOS Now

Published 7/1/2008
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Robert H. Haralson III, MD, MBA

AAOS, ACOEM partner on new practice guidelines for hip disorders

The AAOS and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) have begun a cooperative pilot project to develop new medical practice guidelines and to revise previous guidelines. The initial effort will focus on developing guidelines for the treatment of hip pain.

The new guidelines will be released as a chapter in a new edition of ACOEM’s comprehensive Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines, slated for publication later this year. The guidelines will also be available electronically on the ACOEM Web site (www.acoem.org) as well as on the AAOS Web site (www.aaos.org).

AAOS and ACOEM will cochair a panel of experts who will create the guideline. The two organizations will also provide general support as the material is developed and create educational programs related to the panel’s findings.

“We are delighted to join with the AAOS on this project, which will add substantially to the clinical knowledge base available to physicians and other healthcare professionals who deal with hip disorders in injured workers,” said ACOEM President Robert K. McLellan, MD. “The Academy has long been considered the premier organization representing the state of the art in orthopaedic medical expertise and the partnership will be invaluable.”

AAOS President Tony Rankin, MD, agreed, saying, “We are excited about this pilot project. If it is successful, we may well explore further cooperative efforts in the guideline arena. Having treatment guidelines developed by multiple societies will give the guidelines more credence.”

“Assessing and Treating Hip Disorders” is expected to be completed in late 2008 and will be available both as a individual publication and as a supplement to ACOEM’s Guidelines.

The Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines, 2nd Edition, is published by ACOEM. To inquire about the electronic version or order a print copy, call the ACOEM at (847) 818-1800, or visit www.acoem.org

Robert H. Haralson III, MD, MBA, is the AAOS director of medical affairs. He can be reached at haralson@aaos.org