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Assessing Physician Perceptions and Gauging Professional Utilization of Social Media

February 23, 2023 – February 23, 2024

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Social media use has increased rapidly over the last decade, with most adults now consuming some social media content. Similarly, patients and physicians have increased their production and consumption of social media content related to healthcare. With this increased use, publications on subjects related to social media have also increased rapidly. So far, available studies have focused on several different aspects of the patient/physician relationship in the framework of social media, but there are currently no studies available that examine physician perception of social media content created by physicians. Medical school and residency graduates poised to enter the physician workforce in the coming years represent the first generation raised entirely within the internet era with social media available throughout their education. Further, understanding how patients and physicians interact online through social media, particularly from the viewpoint of the physician, will be an important step in guiding the effective use of social media as an important tool for providing excellent medical care. This study will significantly advance this understanding and provide useful information to physicians interested in incorporating social media into their practice.

ACL Reconstruction - Current Practices

May 18, 2023 – July 18, 2023

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I. Hypotheses and Specific Aims: Data obtained from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction current practices survey distributed to various orthopaedic societies in the United States and Canada will be analyzed to address the following objectives and hypotheses: Aim 1: To better understand the current practices of ACL reconstruction performed by members of various orthopaedic societies. Hypothesis: Orthopaedic surgeons will report different practices in graft choice and augmentation procedures based on surgeon age and fellowship training. Aim 2: To assess the ability of orthopaedic surgeons to recognize graft type and anatomic tunnel position. Hypothesis: Orthopaedic surgeons with subspecialty fellowship training will demonstrate better recognition of different graft types and tunnel positions compared to those that did not receive subspecialty fellowship training. Aim 3: To understand how orthopaedic surgeon practices vary in graft choice and augmentation procedures based on age (years in practice), fellowship training, and ACL volume. Hypothesis: There will be observable and reported differences in graft choice and augmentation procedures based on fellowship training and surgical volume. Aim 4: To understand how ACL reconstruction practices vary between the United States and Canada. Hypothesis: There will be regional differences in graft choice and augmentation procedures amongst participants

Survey of lateral augmentation use in primary ACL reconstruction among orthopaedic sports medicine surgeons

May 18, 2023 – August 18, 2023

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Lateral augmentation procedures in the setting of ACL reconstruction have been a topic of considerable debate in recent years. There is evidence to suggest that they can possibly lower the failure rate in young people when used in conjunction with an ACL reconstruction, as opposed to isolated ACL reconstruction. The population of surgeons utilizing lateral augmentation procedures seems to vary, despite higher levels of evidence supporting such. Most surgeons are more apt to consider augmentation in revision settings, while less have be prone to utilize it in primary settings. The purpose of this survey it identify surgeon geographic and demographic factors, as well as patient demographic factors, that are influencing the decision to utilize lateral augmentation procedures in the primary ACL reconstruction setting.

Happiness Project

January 1, 2023- August 1, 2024

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The purpose of this survey is to collect quantifiable data from members in the orthopedic community to better gauge their level of happiness with their current lifestyle. Our hope is that the information collected will lead to a publication that supports physicians across all fields and better understands their wellbeing.

Survey of Current Practice in Knee Injection Therapy

May 1, 2023- August 1, 2023

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This study will be a survey of these practitioners to identify what injections are being given and provide meaningful in-practice data to be used in developing guidelines for injection therapy. The primary study hypothesis includes preference for steroid overall compared to other injections among all providers as well as hyaluronic acid relatively preferred for mild degenerative disease of the knee is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.
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