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Methodology

Quality and patient value is critical to the successful achievement of the AAOS' mission and vision. AAOS Quality programs, such as clinical practice guidelines (CPG), Systematic Reviews (SR), appropriate use criteria (AUC), and performance measures (PM) initiatives are created to empower orthopaedic surgeons to be leaders in quality musculoskeletal healthcare teams as a means to deliver value to our patients through evidence-based cost-efficient practices.  CPGs, AUCs, and SRs are prepared by physician development groups (clinical experts) with the assistance of the Clinical Quality and Value Department methodologists at the AAOS.  The AAOS goes to great length to ensure the integrity of our products, and the documents listed below address our processes.