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AAOS Guidelines OA Knee: RM Review (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Orthopedists. All other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: 10/9/2013
Review Date: 5/30/2017
Expiration Date: 5/30/2020

Description: In April 2013, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS) issued revised guidelines on the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. This monograph will provide a brief summary of the new AAOS recommendations and supporting evidence, woven with a risk management perspective on clinical practice guidelines. Are they the standard of care?  Are they cookbook medicine? What is the likelihood that following them will improve patient outcomes? From a risk management standpoint, it is recommended that orthopedists be familiar with the guidelines of their specialty society, and that these guidelines be neither dismissed out of hand nor embraced uncritically. We will suggest ways for orthopedists to weigh the strength of the evidence and treatment recommendations so they may take them into account in their clinical decision making.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
a) Differentiate clinical practice guidelines from cookbook medicine, hospital performance measures, payer requirements, and the standard of care.
b) Describe how the AAOS rates evidence and how it relates the strength of evidence to their treatment recommendations.
c) State sources for locating orthopedic guidelines and a resource for judging the integrity of guidelines.
d) Factor in guidelines with other considerations in arriving at a treatment decision.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. Complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Family Medicine



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Disclosure:  The authors, expert reviewers, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Medical Writer and Expert Reviewers - Read bios
Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW and John G. Burvant, MD, FAAOS & Frederick Jeff White, III, MD, FACC, FCCP

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, Vice-President of Operations by the MI Board of Directors

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2013

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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