Like other branches of medicine, orthopaedic surgery relies on scientific evidence to support practice, but how much of what we do as orthopaedic surgeons is supported by low bias evidence? This presentation looks at the evidence supporting orthopaedic practice and makes the assertion that if they were to be subjected to the same evidence requirements for approval and funding of drugs, many common procedures would not be approved. The presentation also makes suggestions as to how things can be improved.
Ian Harris AM, MMed(Clin Epi), PhD, FRACS,
Honorary Professor, School of Public Health