Improving Patient Experiences by Joining AJRR

The University Orthopaedic Center has always been committed to ensuring its joint replacement patients have the best experiences possible, and now the hospital has taken an added step toward improving patient experiences by joining the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), an independent, not-for-profit database designed to store comprehensive data about joint replacement procedures.

More than a million hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the US, a number that is expected to increase as more and more men and women remain active as they get older. The lion’s share of replacement surgeries are successful, offering patients years of trouble-free use and helping patients resume their regular activities of daily living. But a few patients—about 7.5%, according to 2006 figures—experience problems following surgery that require the artificial joint to be replaced. By joining the AJRR, University Orthopaedic Center will be able to share information about artificial joint performance and physician/patient experiences to help joint replacement procedures become safer nationwide.

The AJRR Database

The AJRR serves as a central clearinghouse for information about joint replacements monitoring the artificial joint throughout a recipient’s lifetime in a database containing information about the patient, the surgeon who performed the procedure and the hospital or medical center where the procedure took place. The data collected will help doctors more quickly identify joints that are performing poorly and will help them match patients, procedures, and devices to ensure that every patient has the best experience possible.

By offering a single source of data, doctors and other healthcare professionals who use the registry can easily access data from medical centers around the country and use that information to help them make more informed recommendations to their patients, ultimately improving patient care. Registry information about patient outcomes and experiences will also help artificial joint manufacturers improve their products and identify potentially faulty products and can help reduce healthcare costs associated with replacement procedures and follow-up care. All data collected by the AJRR remains confidential to protect patient privacy.

For more information about the registry and its objectives, visit www.ajrr.net.