AAOS Report - May, 2006

New features on YOC

The Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) is now officially part of Your Orthopaedic Connection (YOC), the AAOS patient education Web site. As a co-sponsor of the site, OTA will be helping develop new content and review existing materials. The OTA logo, a clickable link to the OTA Web site, appears on the YOC home page along with those of other sponsoring societies.

In addition, YOC has launched an “Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon” feature, which allows YOC visitors to submit questions about musculoskeletal conditions. Inquiries that are of broad interest to the public will be answered online by an orthopaedic surgeon who has a particular expertise in the condition. This new feature is part of the Patient-Centered Care initiative to enhance YOC by making it more interactive.

The first “Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon” Q&As focus on carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal stenosis and rotator cuff tears; a segment on osteoporosis is under development. This feature is not meant to be an advice column providing individual diagnoses or treatment recommendations. It does include a link to “Find an Orthopaedic Surgeon” so that patients can seek out physicians in their communities for help with their personal concerns. The link to “Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon” is on the YOC home page.

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