The multidisciplinary initiative is underway with representation from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American College of Radiology, International Spine Intervention Society, and North American Spine Society. Each organization has been invited to designate a representative to participate on the Evidence Panel, responsible for developing the systematic review, and a representative to participate on the Rating Panel, responsible for rating the appropriateness of the interventions.
Work is nearly complete on the development of a preliminary list of clinical scenarios, which will be circulated to all for consideration to ensure that the list is comprehensive. The Evidence Panel is currently reviewing the existing literature related to diagnostic and therapeutic sacroiliac joint injections, lateral branch blocks, and lateral branch radiofrequency neurotomy. It is anticipated that the systematic review will be completed by late spring or early summer. Once completed, the systematic review will be sent to members of the Rating Panel to assist in evaluating the appropriateness of the interventions for the scenarios. The goal is to have this first set of appropriate use criteria completed this fall.
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