AAOS Now, January 2020
New CPG Guides Decision Making for Limb Salvage or Amputation
The clinical practice guideline (CPG) for Limb Salvage or Early Amputation, approved by the AAOS Board of Directors in December 2019, advises that initial management decisions for a severely injured lower extremity are dependent on both the assessment of injury itself and the overall health of the patient.
AAOS Launches Strategic Biologics Initiative
In November 2019, AAOS announced the launch of its strategic investment in the field of biologics. Over the next five years, AAOS will prioritize research and development for a biologics-focused competency within the Academy’s existing member benefits, with a focus on creating evidence-based, unbiased information to help shape and guide orthopaedic surgeons who can then educate their patients on this topic.
Academy Defines Quality and Value in Musculoskeletal Health Care
When you think of “value-based health care,” what comes to mind? Is it all about cost? It’s far from breaking news that the United States leads the pack in health spending, with an average annual spend of 17.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
American Spine Registry Goes Live
The American Spine Registry, a partnership between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Academy, represents a collaboration to enhance and improve the quality of spine care by providing all North American spine surgeons with access to a shared data-collection program.
New CPG Weighs Psychosocial Factors in Trauma Recovery
In December 2019, the AAOS Board of Directors approved the clinical practice guideline (CPG) for Evaluation of Psychosocial Factors Influencing Recovery from Adult Orthopaedic Trauma. The guideline was jointly developed by the Academy and the Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium.
Psychologist Discusses Psychosocial Factors and Recovery after Military or Civilian Trauma
To further delve into the issues raised by the clinical practice guideline (CPG) on the Evaluation of Psychosocial Factors Influencing Recovery from Adult Orthopaedic Trauma, AAOS Now conducted an interview with Benjamin Keizer, PhD, psychologist and the military cochair of the development workgroup (the nonmilitary cochair is Steve Wegener, PhD, MA). Dr. Keizer is a licensed psychologist at the Center for the Intrepid, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry Trial Is a Success
The new registry for orthopaedic oncology data is moving toward the full implementation stage, following a successful year-long trial of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry (MsTR), which is now wrapping up.