An orthopaedic spine trauma literature search tool for finding articles about spine surgery, full abstracts, and levels of evidence.
AO Foundation has created a unique and useful tool that is a great resource for residents, students, and orthopaedic surgeons alike who perform spine surgery. The app is organized by subtopic: Trauma, Tumor, Deformity, Degeneration, Infection, and Metabolic/Inflammatory/Genetic spine diseases. In total, the app includes over 3800 peer-reviewed clinical articles applicable to spine surgery. The user can also search by key word, and can presumably find relevant articles related to very specific topics. The search algorithm appears to apply to the title, as well as the abstract. In addition, the app easily identifies the level of evidence for each article, provides the full abstract, and links to the Pubmed abstract. Overall, while smart phones are typically not the platform of choice to browse the literature, this app is certainly worth a look.