On the website of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is this statement:
To foster conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary, the AAOS recently released a list of five specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary. The effort is part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign.
Here are the five procedures that AAOS put on its list:
You can see that there are no surgical procedures on this list of “not always necessary” offerings from this surgical group.
That caught the attention of a small group of orthopedic surgeons who call themselves the Society for Patient Centered Orthopedic Surgery. That group, headed by Dr. James Rickert, came up with a quite different list:
Note that all five are surgical procedures.
Dr. Rickert recently joined our editorial team. I interviewed him at the Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015 conference at the National Institutes of Health. He talked about what his group didn’t like about the AAOS list, about conflicts of interest in orthopedics, about health care journalism, and more.
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