Quality Appraisal Committee

The ORG identified research in quality appraisal tools as one of the potential areas to work on, in February 2019. A working Orthopaedic Research Group - Quality Appraisal Committee (ORG – QAC) with six orthopaedicians was formed. These principal members along with experts from various other fields of medicine and allied sciences as associate members decided to hold conventions, lead research projects and work on products for quality appraisal in research in line with the goal and targets of ORG.



Principal Members

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Prof. Velmurugan Kandasamy
MS Ortho., DNB Ortho.,

Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Institute of Child Health, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
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Dr. Kumar Sellappan
MS Ortho.,

Department of Orthopaedics, Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital, Tamil Nadu, India
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Dr. Hemantha Kumar
MS Ortho.,

Department of Orthopaedics, Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Thiruvenkita Prasad
MS Ortho.,

Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Chennai.
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Dr. Sathish Muthu
MS Ortho.,

Orthopaedic Research Group, Tamil Nadu, India

Associate Members

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Dr. Seenivasan Poikaialwar
MD.,

Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Stanley Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Dr. Senthil Kumaran
MD.,

Department of Paediatrics, Government Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital, Tamil Nadu, India


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Dr. Natarajan
MS., FLS.,

Sanjay Hospital, Palani,
TamilNadu, India

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Dr. Sayee Sundar Alagusundaramoorthy
MD.,

Institute of Interventional Nephrology,University of Kentucky, Lexington USA
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Dr Hari Krishnan Nair

Clinical Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine.
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Dr. Kirubanand Senniappan
MD., DM.,

Department of Anaesthesia, Narayana Health Care, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

ORG – QAC Convention June 2019

  •   Spin in research articles was the subject of the convention.

  •   A literature review on the spin in research articles was presented.

  •   Proposal for a cross-sectional Knowledge, Attitude and Practise (KAP) survey on the On-The-Go Reference Practices (OTG-R) among practicing Orthopaedicians was approved.

  •   Proposal to develop a grading system for randomized control trials based on the spin as a utility tool for clinicians was approved.



ORG – QAC Convention Jan 2020

  •  Results of the OTG-R survey and a grading system for RCTs based on spin in abstracts were analysed.

  •   A consensus on the negative impact of spin in research articles on practising orthopaedicians and the need for a grading tool for spin in RCTs was achieved.

  •   Motion to approve the proposed grading system of RCTs based on spin in abstracts interpreting it as Level Of Confidence (LOC) in RCTs (after changes as per the expert recommendations) was passed.

  •  Research proposals to evaluate the LOC in RCTs in sub-specialities of Orthopaedics were approved.



ORC – QAC Convention June 2020

  •  Results of evaluation of spin in the RCTs in sub-specialities of Orthopaedics were presented.

  •   Concise Objective REport (CORE) recommendation to replace the abstract was formulated and approved.

  •   CORE Recommendation



ORG – QAC Convention Jan 2021

  •   Identification of CONSORT adherence of the RCTs was the theme of the year.

  •   Methodology to analyse the CONSORT adherence was presented.

  •   Protocol was approved by the committee.



ORG – QAC Convention June 2021

  •   Results of the study evaluating the CONSORT adherence of the RCTs in spine surgery and sports medicine was presented.

  •   Methods to improve the CONSORT adherence was discussed.



ORG – QAC Convention Jan 2022

  •   Reliability of the research impact measurement tools was the theme of the year.

  •   Methodology to analyse the reliability of the individual research impact gauging tools commonly employed in the research community was presented.

  •   Protocol was approved by the committee.



ORG – QAC Convention June 2022

  •   Results on the analysis of the reliability of the research impact gauging tools commonly employed in the research community was presented.

  •   Methods to improve their calculation of research impact was discussed.

  •   Communication was made to the individual tool formulators for the lacunae identified through this evaluation and suggestions of the ORG-QAC to improvise their tools were conveyed.