Research Tools

Data and Statistics: The AAOS partners with United States Bone and Joint Initiative to publish the Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Costs (BMUS). The site offers a Report Builder which allows you to customize a report based on the most up-to-date data available.

Unified Orthopaedic Research Agenda: The AAOS, in partnership with the orthopaedic subspecialty societies, publishes a Unified Orthopaedic Research Agenda (URA) annually. The mission of the URA is to advance science and research in musculoskeletal care through a unified research strategy. Continued and additional funding of these research priorities is necessary to improve function and mobility and reduce the socioeconomic burden of orthopaedic disorders.

Sex and Gender in Research: The AAOS seeks to advocate, advance, and serve as a resource on sex and gender differences in musculoskeletal health. Since females suffer from disease in different ways than males, recognizing sex-related differences is critical to optimizing patient care.

Tools and Resources: This document outlines Research and Quality Tools and Resources for orthopaedic specialty societies as offered by the AAOS Department of Research and Scientific Affairs.  

Orthopaedic Census: The AAOS Orthopaedic Surgeon Census is conducted biennially to collect demographic and orthopaedic practice-related information. AAOS uses these data to develop accurate, up-to-date statistics on orthopaedic practice and practice management issues in order to accurately represent members in advocacy, funding, and reimbursement efforts.