How are survey responses validated?

The AAOE Benchmarking Committee oversees the survey and report development processes.

Survey data is collected from orthopedic practices around the country with guidance from the AAOE's Benchmarking Committee, a committee composed of orthopedic practice executives with an interest in operational benchmarking. Once data collection ends and data analysis begins, the Benchmarking Committee reviews reports to determine if reported values are reasonable and valid.

Reports that are identified as including invalid or unreasonable data are then put through an outlier removal process which removes outliers that are artificially moving the average away from the median.