Clinical Quality & Value

Quality Programs 

Quality and patient value is critical to the successful achievement of the AAOS' mission and vision. AAOS Quality programs, such as clinical practice guidelines, appropriate use criteria, performance measures, and patient safety initiatives are created to empower orthopaedic surgeons to be leaders in quality musculoskeletal healthcare teams as a means to deliver value to our patients through evidence-based cost-efficient practices.

AAOS Registry Program

The AAOS Registry Program’s mission is to improve orthopaedic care through the collection, analysis, and reporting of actionable data. We seek to encompass all the musculoskeletal and anatomical areas for orthopaedics through comprehensive data and technology resulting in optimal patient outcomes. The AAOS Registry Program was created to collect unique clinical information that demonstrates actual practice patterns, enable performance measurement by physicians for physicians, provide support for novel scientific research production, and provide scaled delivery of registry-driven quality improvement programs.

Patient Safety

The Patient Safety Committee serves the Academy and the public by monitoring patient safety issues and programs as they relate to orthopaedic surgery, care, and practice. The Patient Safety Committee interacts with governmental and private organizations such as the Joint Commission (TJC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop programs and materials that increase safe practices in orthopaedics. 


OrthoGuidelines App

The electronic home for all AAOS guidelines and appropriate use criteria is now available via your desktop browser at or as a native app from iOS and Google Play.