SRS Newsletter
June 2013
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Patient Education Committee Update

D. Raymond Knapp, MD
Patient Education Committee Chair

D. Raymond Knapp, MD

The goal of the Patient Education Committee is to coordinate the development of patient materials, primarily for the website. We began the year working on the Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis section on the section of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) website. 

We then received a proposal from Medikidz to update and edit their comic book on scoliosis.  Medikidz is a medical education company which utilizes comic books with super heroes to help children better understand various disease processes. Each comic book is dedicated to a specific condition.  This project was approved and our committee will furnish content for the book.  In addition to educating children about scoliosis, the comic book will reflect the Scoliosis Research Society’s (SRS) involvement in the project.

The Website Committee requested the committee to evaluate and make suggestions on the patient and family educational video segment on posterior spinal fusion for thoracic scoliosis. 

Lastly, the committee plans to update the Spinal Deformity handbook for patients on scoliosis and kyphosis presently available through the SRS office. We will specifically address Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Our hope is to have this booklet reviewed through the appropriate committees at Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and AAOS and then be endorsed and utilized by all three organizations.

Chair: D. Raymond Knapp, MD Committee members: Christopher Bergin, MD; Andrew K. Cree, MD; James T. Guille, MD; Tenne J Guillaume, MD; Masood Shafafy, MD; Toni Cawley, RN ONC; Robert P. Huang, MD; Patricia N. Kostial, BSN RN; Michael C. Albert, MD; Craig P. Eberson, MD; Anna McClung, BSN RN