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Member Sponsored Surveys

We offer our members the opportunity to conduct and participate in surveys as a research method used for collecting data to gain information and insights into various sports medicine topics of interest.

Participation Surveys

The incidence of Cancer among Orthopaedic Surgeons

Orthopedic surgeons may have an increased risk of developing cancer due to occupational exposure to scatter radiation. Studies have shown that female orthopedic surgeons have higher incidence of breast cancer and all cause cancer relative to the general population. Our goal is to use a survey to evaluate radiation exposure and health history in a cohort of orthopaedic surgeons. This data will be useful in understanding the possible health risks associated with occupational radiation exposure.

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Patient Reliability and Surgical Decision-Making Biases Amongst Sports Medicine Surgeons

This survey-based study aims to investigate the various factors that influence the assessment of patient reliability by sports medicine surgeons, and subsequently, how this assessment impacts their treatment decisions. The field of sports medicine encompasses a wide range of injuries and conditions, making it crucial to understand the diverse elements that surgeons consider when evaluating a patient’s willingness to comply with treatment protocols. By investigating these factors, we are hopeful that our results will contribute to more informed and effective patient care strategies within this specialized discipline.

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Current Practice Strategies for Post Procedure Analgesia after Percutaneous Needle Tenotomy

Current literature lacks prescribing practices for pain management percutaneous needle tenotomy procedures. The primary aim of the study is to evaluate current pain management prescribing practices after percutaneous needle tenotomy of members of the American Academy Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). The secondary aims are to quantify how many days of medication are given to patients after percutaneous needle tenotomy and how many physicians initiate physical therapy programs after the procedure.

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Prevalence of Depression/Anxiety Among Orthopaedic Surgeons and Identification of Barriers to Seeking Treatment

The University of Cincinnati Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine would like to invite you to participate in a research study looking at the prevalence of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression among practicing orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic surgery residents in training. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and your response will be completely anonymous. We are conducting a research study to identify if there are factors limiting physicians from seeking treatment for mental health related concerns.

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ACL Reconstruction – Current Practices

The ACL is one of the most injured ligaments, with approximately 100,000-200,000 ruptures per year, and is most prevalent in young, athletic individuals. In young, healthy, and active patients, the preferred treatment option to restore the functional stability of the knee is ACL reconstruction. This study aims to better understand the current practices of ACL reconstruction performed by members of various orthopaedic societies and to assess the ability of orthopaedic surgeons to recognize graft type and anatomic tunnel position.

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Is There a Gender Bias Among Sports Medicine Surgeons in the US?

Orthopaedic surgery remains one of the least diverse specialties in medicine and, from a gender perspective, is increasing at the slowest rate of any surgical specialty. This lack of diversity can impact patient care, as well as compromise the future of the field, as work in other industries has demonstrated that enhanced diversity leads to greater innovation and more inclusive conversations. Previous survey research of general surgeons has described the gendered biases held by men surgeons, and the authors hypothesized that those biases contributed to fewer women entering surgical careers. The current study seeks to identify whether the presence of similar biases exist among orthopaedic sports medicine surgeons.

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The Perception of CBD Use for Pain Control Among Orthopaedic Surgeons

Given the ongoing national opiate crisis, we physicians have been challenged with mitigating the risk of opiate dependence in our patients. Multimodal analgesia has thus become the standard of perioperative pain management. Recent studies have shown that cannabidiol (CBD) has been a successful adjunct for patients undergoing orthopaedic procedures or for pain management. Currently, there still remains some stigma about CBD and studies have yet to elucidate patient and physician sentiment regarding the addition of CBD to current medical care. Our proposed survey attempts to understand where physicians stand on the use of CBD in the care of their patients.

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Assessing Physician Perceptions and Gauging Professional Utilization of Social Media

Social media use has increased rapidly over the last decade. Patients and physicians have increased their production and consumption of social media content related to healthcare. There are currently no studies available that examine physician perception of social media content created by physicians. The aims of this study are:

  1. To better understand how physicians utilize and perceive content posted on social media by other physicians
  2. To understand how perceptions of social media posts change with physician age
  3. To understand how physician perception of social media posts may change between occupation, specialty, and type of practice among healthcare workers

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Telerehabilitation Perceptions in Sports Medicine Surgeons

The Division of Sports Medicine at NYU Langone Orthopedics is conducting a study of Orthopedic Surgeon Preferences on Telerehab for various orthopedic sports medicine procedures. We aim to understand Sports medicine surgeon preferences.

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Understanding Cerebrovascular Events in Beach Chair Arthroscopy

Though there is some published data from previous surveys of surgeons, there has not been any study over the last decade investigating the rates of cerebrovascular events from specifically arthroscopic surgeons. This study would be the first in over a decade to obtain data regarding the incidence from specifically arthroscopic surgeons and gain their perspectives into potential causes of these events. A better understanding of these cerebrovascular events is extremely important in improving patient care and providing a safer healthcare system. The goal of this investigation is to evaluate the incidence and causes behind the cerebrovascular events in patients undergoing surgery in the beach chair position from arthroscopic surgeons.

Cerebrovascular Events Survey

Return to Collegiate Athletic Competition During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the pause of countless athletic events given health and safety concerns. Some institutions returned to competition sooner than others, but the collaboration and processes by which this occurred is unknown. The purpose of this survey is to collect information regarding the role of Sports Medicine Physicians from different primary residency training backgrounds and their affiliated college or university’s return to athletic competition.

Return to Collegiate Athletic Competition Survey

Conducting a Survey

Interested in posting a survey related to orthopaedic sports medicine? Please send the following information to Lynette Craft. All requests will be reviewed for suitability. Commercial product surveys are not permitted.

  1. Survey Title
  2. Survey link to the main project website or online survey
  3. Survey Close Date
  4. Survey Author and Institution
  5. Sponsoring AOSSM Member in good standing
  6. Brief paragraph describing the survey and objectives
  7. When applicable, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval
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