Appropriate Use Criteria Overview

Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) specify in which circumstances it is appropriate to perform a procedure. In an effort to foster clinical decision-making, AUC developers integrate the best available scientific evidence and the collective judgment of experts to generate statements regarding the appropriateness of performing a procedure at the level of patient-specific symptoms, medical history, and test results.

In 2012, an SIS task force was created to explore the development of AUC. In 2015, this group completed a multispecialty collaborative effort to assess the evidence and develop AUC addressing fluoroscopically-guided diagnostic and therapeutic sacroiliac interventions. This project represented a herculean amount of time and effort and was an unprecedented example of SIS’ dedication to collaborative, evidence-based medicine.

Fluoroscopically-Guided Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sacroiliac Interventions

Participating organizations:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • North American Spine Society
  • Spine Intervention Society

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