March 1996 AAOS Report

Board approves outcomes data collection program, OLC expansion

The Board of Directors, meeting Feb. 21 in Atlanta, approved the two-year, $1 million phase two of an outcomes data collection program that will lead to development of a national database useful for individual practice assessment and research. About 200 practices are expected to participate in a practice assessment track, collecting outcomes information of patients for any orthopaedic conditions. Another 200 practices will be in a focused data collection track lasting for two years. These practices will collect data on specific conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, anterior cruciate ligament and/or meniscus tear, and forearm fractures in children. In the three-month pilot test of the program, conducted by 60 orthopaedic practices, the Academy collected more than 32,400 patient records with patient responses on physical function, social/role function, pain and expectations or satisfaction with their treatments for spine and lower extremity conditions. For further information about how to participate in the program, contact Deborah Kuhr of the Academy's department of research and scientific affairs, (847) 384-4324. In other action, the board approved a plan by the Work Group on Future Delivery Systems for Musculoskeletal Care to develop a summit conference of all providers of musculoskeletal care. The plan also may result in more managed care educational products for Academy members and improved communications between the Academy and members. The board also approved adding an auditorium and multimedia room to the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, and approved a Position Statement on an International Effort to Ban Anti-Personnel Land Mines.

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