Published 1/1/2015
Amber Blake

ORS Forum Focuses on Clinical Decision Making

The Orthopaedic Research Society’s (ORS) Clinical Research Forum has become one of the organization’s most popular annual meeting events. This year, the forum will be held on Sunday, March 29, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, from 12:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“The format is intense but short,” said organizer Kurt P. Spindler, MD. The 2015 Clinical Research Forum, “The Basis for Clinical Decision Making in Orthopaedics,” will be divided into three distinct sections, each covering a different topic. “The second and third sections in particular,” explained Dr. Spindler, “are designed to educate the audience on emerging frontiers of clinical research for changing practice.”

The first section will review the principles behind observational studies and randomized controlled trials. “This section is primarily focused on interpreting the literature,” said Dr. Spindler. He—along with Paul Tornetta III, MD; Marc F. Swiontkowski, MD; and Roy K. Aaron, MD—will discuss the strengths and limitations of each type of study design, with attention on how to use each design to make decisions in an orthopaedic practice.

Comparative effectiveness research, the second section of the forum, will be moderated by Kristy L. Weber, MD, and include presentations by James O. Sanders, MD; David S. Jevsevar, MD, MBA; and Kevin G. Shea, MD—all of whom have extensive experience in evidence-based medicine analyses. After defining comparative effectiveness research, the speakers will provide examples of practical uses in clinical practice.

The final section, economic analysis, will not only provide a definition of this type of research, but will also illustrate practical approaches to putting studies together and analyzing them. “This timely area of research,” noted Dr. Spindler, “will become more prominent in the future as a critical component in the value equation of healthcare expenditures.” Saam Morshed, MD, will moderate the session, which will include presentations by Dr. Spindler; James Slover, MD, MS; Amy M. Cizik, MPH; and Richard C. Mather III, MD.

The 2015 ORS Clinical Research Forum will introduce attendees to emerging new areas of research and provide perspective on how to evaluate clinical studies to change practice.

The ORS Clinical Research Forum: The Basis for Clinical Decision Making in Orthopaedics is a complimentary program for AAOS members attending the AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Plan to stay beyond Specialty Day and take advantage of this opportunity for scientists and orthopaedic surgeons to collaborate in the science of patient care. For more information, visit www.ors.org/ors2015aaos

Amber Blake is the ORS communications manager; she can be reached at blake@ors.org