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American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons

American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (ASES)




Completed Forms


Enrolled Patients


Number of patients reported clinically significant improvement in their ASES score after 6 months

The Mission of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons is to support quality shoulder and elbow care through the ethical practice of leadership, medical education, research and quality, and patient advocacy.

Dr. Joseph Abboud

The ASES Young OA study group has been using OBERD's Shoulder data collection system (Shoulder JAM) to help collect prospective data on our patients as we enroll them. Trying to answer questions for the care of our patients will increasingly require us to utilize multi-center study designs and data collection systems that allow us to carefully input data related to patient disease, treatment, and PRO's. OBERD allows us to do this using a platform that can be integrated through our EMR and used by many centers so we are all speaking the same language.

Joseph Abboud, M.D.
Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
Professor of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
The Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University


Computer Adaptive Testing

Computerized adaptive testing is a strategy whereby questions are presented to a patient based on responses already received, rather than asked in a fixed order. By always selecting the most informative question it is usually possible to obtain an accurate score with fewer questions. OBERD’s methods, based on predictive modeling, differ from those employed by the MCAT test or most other adaptive systems in their ability to by produce CAT versions of existing forms. ASES CAT produces scores that are fully interchangeable with standard ASES, with a 40%-60% saving in patient effort and full compatibility with existing ASES data.


CAT Correlation Graph


ASES Cumulative Scores and Patients

Shoulder & Elbow Data

Obtained with OBERD

The ASES Shoulder Score is one of the first and most important Patient Reported Outcomes Measures to be enabled in OBERD. Use has grown steadily, as shown in the graph. The total number of ASES scores collected since 2012 now exceeds 140,000, enough for obtaining a number of normative statistics. A preview from our soon-to-be-released compilation: (1) Shoulder surgeons average about 300 appointments per month, about 12% of which are surgeries; (2) 56.8% of patients have clinically significant improvement at six months, while 7.2% are clinically worse; (3) Variation by gender and age is often surprisingly small.

OBERD Services

Supporting ASES

OBERD’s Registry module accommodates a rich data set from multiple sources, providing a complete picture of patients’ demographics, health history, episode of care, outcomes, satisfaction, education module audit, and costs associated with their care. Simple to administer and manage, the Registry allows you to build and conduct as many studies as you wish, using an infinite range of filter combinations. Establishing data collection points along timelines, using validated forms drawn from the extensive OBERD library, or customized forms to meet your institution’s specific needs, our Registry yields rich data sets for retrospective mining to support your research needs.

  • Shoulder Forms ASES Forms, CAT Forms, etc.
  • Careguide Educational Guide built into your forms.
  • Satisfaction & Reputation Management Track and Boost your Patient Satisfaction and Ratings.
  • Shoulder JAM Specialized Shoulder Analysis.

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