As anyone who has published medical papers knows….it can be a long run! 10 months after submission, we are finally at the finish line for our paper evaluating the average level of evidence in 6 of the top 10 orthopedic surgery journals. Summary: 13 months of journal articles evaluated, 1425 papers evaluated…..average level of evidence? 3! Although the gold standard is the randomized blinded controlled clinical trial…..in actuality the most practical study format for a surgical discipline like orthopedics appears to be level 3 (non randomized trials or retrospective cohort studies for example)
This will be published in the Biologic Orthopedic Journal!