The consortium also includes the University of Rochester Medical Center, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente-Georgia and the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at St. Francis Medical Center. Using data on approximately 33,000 patients who received joint replacements from 2011-2014, the consortium will set up quality measures to assess outcomes.
The UMass Arthritis and Joint Center already utilizes tools to assess pain and function, which will serve as a foundation for developing the new measures. Ultimately, healthcare experts hope the registry will help providers determine which devices, surgical approaches and follow-up regimens demonstrate the best outcomes.
The need for a joint replacement research registry follows DePuy Orthopaedics' nationwide recall of its metal-on-metal hip systems after an Australian and British registry showed 12-15 percent of patients needed a second hip replacement five years after the first surgery. The metal-on-metal hip system's failure rate amounted to four times the failure rate of other hip implant devices, according to the news report.