Clinical Practice Guidelines

AAOS Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines are based on a systematic literature review of published studies. Multidisciplinary guideline development groups construct Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines to serve as an educational tool based on an assessment of the current published scientific and clinical information and accepted approaches to treatment. AAOS clinical practice guidelines meet all of the  IOM standards for developing a trustworthy clinical practice guidelines. The process involves many steps to limit the risk of bias, incorporating a large number of experts on the topic under study via clinician work groups and peer review and public commentary stages. For more information on the development process for AAOS clinical practice guidelines, please view the  Clinical Practice Guideline Methodology


Guideline Peer Review and Public Comment Responses

Click Here to view the guideline peer review and public comment responses. 

Companion Consensus Statements

Preliminary clinical practice guideline recommendations, or PICO questions, which return no evidence after the systematic literature review is conducted are separated from the final guideline report and turned over to relevant specialty societies to form companion consensus statements.

AAOS Consulting Resources Available for Specialty Societies

 The AAOS Department of Research and Scientific Affairs has created a chart detailing the tools and resources currently available to facilitate research and quality activities within the Specialty Societies.

AAOS Guidelines/Systematic Review Work Group Introductory Packet

Which orthopaedic topics are currently being researched by the AAOS ?

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