Vermont, North Dakota, District of Columbia lead in response rates
Every 2 years, the AAOS gathers practice data from U.S. orthopaedic surgeons, which it uses to help tailor plans, services, and products for members. This year (2016), the census questionnaire was sent out in April; data collection closed in June. Currently, the data are being cleaned and analyzed by the AAOS department of research, quality, and scientific affairs, and the results will be released in January 2017.
To increase response rates, the research department, in conjunction with the society relations department, issued a challenge to each state orthopaedic society. The top three states with the highest response rates were recognized at the Board of Councilors (BOC) Business Meeting in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Vermont, with a 39.08 percent response rate, led the nation, followed by North Dakota (37.10 percent), and the District of Columbia (35.37 percent). Map of response rates (PDF).
Lawrence S. Halperin, MD, BOC chair presented a plaque and certificate to the Vermont Orthopaedic Society. David L. Wiest, MD, a BOC representative from North Dakota, and Laura L. Tosi, MD, of Washington, D.C., accepted certificates on behalf of their states. All three states will receive a customized report about orthopaedic practice in their state.
The next data collection year will be 2018. States will be issued another Response Rate Challenge to encourage orthopaedic surgeons to provide information.
AAOS members can login and download the results from the last census (2014 Orthopaedic Practice in the United States) for free at http://www.aaos.org/2014OPUS
Hazel Oreluk, MA, is the manager of the survey research unit in the AAOS department of research, quality, and scientific affairs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org