OREF helps enhance clinicians' daily practice

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has taken on several practical projects in the educational arena with help from corporate supporters. The efforts described below are geared toward enhancing clinical practice.

At a time when treatment protocol questions outnumbered answers, OREF designed and conducted a practice patterns survey on deep vein thrombosis. Funding for this project was provided by Pharmacia, which has since merged with Pfizer Inc.

With an educational grant from Pfizer Inc., and in partnership with the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), OREF developed and implemented the OREF-AOA Pain Management Initiative. The centerpiece of the initiative is a study to identify what type of pain management therapies, technologies, and techniques orthopaedic surgeons used to treat patients after total joint replacement, sports medicine, and spine-related surgery. At press time, the complete report is nearing publication.

An educational grant from DePuy made possible one of OREF’s most widely requested monographs. “Essential Guidelines, Regulations and Ethical Considerations: The Evolving Relationship between Orthopaedists and Industry” first appeared as a supplement to the February 2007 edition of the Journal of the AAOS. In response to requests from clinicians, residents, and industry representatives, the report was reprinted in May 2007 for wider distribution.