The Delphi method was used because it is a systematic, interactive forecasting method which relies on a panel of experts as described by Jones and Hunter . The list of terms was prepared and distributed via e-mail among the SOSORT Board members and some other expert colleagues. The classification of the terms was organized into terms used for: Aim of treatment, Diagnosis, Evaluation, Brace Rehab and others.
The experts contributed with terms and definitions in several rounds. After each round, the dictionary was properly enriched and improved.
The best format for presenting each definition is to include text, followed by an illustration, picture, or figure and then a reference to the scientific literature.
An effort was make to apply this format to as many terms as possible. Pertinent terms from other existing related society dictionaries were also used and cited [1, 2, 5, 6, 9–13].
The illustrations/pictures/figures used here were modified from the original and the sources from where they were taken are cited.
When there were more than one accepted definitions for a single term, then they were all used when possible.
Before discussing this consensus topic, a rather deep discussion occurred during the SOSORT 2010 Board meeting on the issue. Then a print out with each term and definition was distributed to all SOSORT meeting participants in Montreal, and discussed during the Consensus Session on May 20th, 2010. Questions on terms were raised and discussed. Alternatively they could give some written suggestions for terms or definitions they felt should be added. These were collected and processed for the final manuscript.