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The Innovation Cycle: A Framework for Taking Surgical Innovation into Clinical Practice
James G. Wright, MD, MPH, FRCSC1; Stuart Weinstein, MD2
1 Department of Orthopaedics, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada. E-mail james.wright@sickkids.ca
2 Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, 200 Hawkins Drive, 01026 JPP, Iowa City, IA 52242
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Copyright © 2013 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2013 Nov 06;95(21):e164 1-5. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.00976
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Innovation is required to develop novel interventions in order to improve quality of care. While surgeons are highly innovative, the uncontrolled introduction of unproven innovations may have adverse consequences for patients. The purpose of this article is to propose an innovation cycle whereby surgical innovations can be safely introduced into clinical practice, with a focus on the specific roles of opinion leaders, journals, specialty societies, and certification bodies.
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