One of the more controversial clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) developed by the AAOS concerns the treatment of osteoporotic spinal compression fractures. Released last September, the guideline includes a strong recommendation against vertebroplasty for patients whose radiographs show an osteoporotic spinal compression fracture and who have correlating clinical signs and symptoms and are neurologically intact.
On Aug. 23, AAOS members will have the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at how the CPG on treatment of osteoporotic spinal compression fractures was developed. Members of the guidelines work group, including the chairman of the work group, Stephen I. Esses, MD, will be part of a free webinar, open to AAOS members and residents, that will examine the guideline and the studies upon which it is based.
Webinar participants will learn why the work group was unable to support or oppose such common treatments as bed rest, complementary or alternative medicine, exercise, the use of analgesics or opioids, bracing, or electrical stimulation. They will also learn about evidence supporting one recommendation that the work group found both overwhelming and compelling.
The 1½ hour webinar will begin at 7:15 p.m. (CT) on Aug. 23. No fee is charged to AAOS members or residents, but registration for the webinar is mandatory to receive log-in information. For more information, visit www.aaos.org/courses
Mark your calendar
A second free webinar on the Academy’s CPGs—this one focusing on the most recently released guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of osteochondritis dissecans—is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2011.
Fareeha Shuttari-Khan is the evidence-based medicine coordinator in the AAOS department of research & scientific affairs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org