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Published 8/1/2013

AUC Update: Rotator Cuff Management

The 16 members of the Management of Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) voting panel met in Rosemont on June 1, 2013, to discuss their first round of appropriateness ratings. Panel members include physical therapists, rheumatologists, and orthopaedic surgeons. (See the online version of this article, available at www.aaosnow.org, for a complete list of participants.) Appropriateness ratings for hundreds of patient scenarios were discussed with specific attention to those that resulted in polarization among the panel members.

The voting panel is now on the second round of voting, and the results are being aggregated by AAOS staff for the final document. This AUC is expected to be released later this year.

This is the second AUC to be developed; the first—Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures—can be accessed at www.aaos.org/aucapp

Additional AUCs under development include the Non-arthroplasty Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee and Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures.