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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v17.i2.30
pages 103-109

What is the Quality of the Orthopaedic Literature?

Raman Mundi
Divisions of Orthopaedic Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Harman Chaudhry
Divisions of Orthopaedic Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Raj Sharma
Divisions of Orthopaedic Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Emil Schemitsch
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mohit Bhandari
CLARITY Research Group, McMaster University, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Musculoskeletal Research Unit, Canada and Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Hamilton General Hospital, Canada

ABSTRACT

The orthopaedic evidence base is far from ideal. In order to truly ensure the effectiveness of orthopaedic interventions, researchers must design and carry out high-quality randomized controlled trials that strive to minimize bias. Such endeavors will ultimately form a high-quality RCT evidence base, which can subsequently be integrated by systematic reviews and meta-analyses in order to provide clinicians with the best evidence for decision-making.