Beyond Joint Implant Registries A Patient-Centered Research Consortium for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement

ArticleinJAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 308(12):1217-8 · September 2012with9 Reads
Impact Factor: 35.29 · DOI: 10.1001/jama.2012.12568 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    Discusses the Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in TJR (FORCE-TJR) research program for total joint replacement funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Led by a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in cooperation with a national network of surgeons, FORCE-TJR assembled a consortium of orthopedic practices to serve as a research laboratory to generate comparative effectiveness research to guide surgeon and patient decisions. The FORCE-TJR has a national scope, is representative of US practices, includes longitudinal patient-reported outcomes, and has the ability to measure implant failure as well as important clinical outcomes and complications.