The Orthopaedic Research Community is greatly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Clinicians and researchers share similar risks and challenges from both a personal and professional standpoint. Specifically, clinicians in the front line have an increased risk of contracting the virus and are currently not afforded the usual access in outpatient clinics and operating rooms to provide routine but essential orthopaedic care. Musculoskeletal care is particularly vulnerable due to practice restrictions due to the high volume of seemingly less urgent cases which make up a bulk of most orthopaedic practices. Furthermore, academic clinicians and researchers have restricted access to their laboratories, research staff and colleagues, subject recruitment and access to contemporary grant cycles which together represent an existential risk to the continuity of established and emerging musculoskeletal research programs.
The CORS executive strongly support the adoption of the musculoskeletal research themes related to the COVID-19 crisis to advocate for safe clinical care, highly relevant cutting-edge research and the security of musculoskeletal research programs of our members. Please read the full CORS position statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic here.