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Open Access Open Badges Review

Using a synthesis of the research literature related to the aetiology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis to provide ideas on future directions for success

Keith M Bagnall

Author Affiliations

Department of Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H7 Canada

Scoliosis 2008, 3:5  doi:10.1186/1748-7161-3-5

Published: 2 February 2008


This review is atypical by design. It has used a synthesis of the available literature relating to the aetiology of AIS to draw attention to the lack of progress in this area despite intensive research for more than 100 years. The review has argued that if progress is to be made in this area then significant changes in approach to the problem must be made. Such changes have been outlined and major areas of potential focus identified with the intention of creating debate and discussion. There is no doubt that people are working hard in this area of research but this review has deliberately attempted to question its achievements and future directions.

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