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How we use patient data for improvement

Below are examples of research that has used patient data and also some associated press articles:

We thank patients undergoing joint replacement surgery for consenting to agree to their data being entered onto the registry, which enables the NJR to monitor and analyse trends in surgery and implant performance to enhance safety and bring continuous improvement in patient outcomes. We also thank the data entry teams in all participating hospitals, who ensure that data collected are of high quality, accurate and complete, to meet the stringent requirements for use of data by the NJR.

We now have a rich and valuable data pool of around four million records and the NJR encourages use of this dataset (under stringent security conditions) to be analysed to answer important research questions that add further value to our knowledge about joint replacement practice, clinical performance and patient safety. Researchers can request to use the data to analyse specific topics in relation to particular underlying disease, as well as to examine clinical and cost-effectiveness outcomes related to the types of medical device implants that are used.

You can find some of this NJR supported research below and also some magazine articles written by our clinicians that are based on some of the findings.


Why hip and knee replacements last longer than ever now

Read more on the Readers Digest or NJR websites.


How long do revised and multiply revised hip replacements last?

Read more on the Lancet or NJR websites.


How long does a knee replacement last?

Read more on the Lancet website.


How long does a hip replacement last?

Read more on the Lancet website.


Benefits of the NJR to service commissioners, regulators and policymakers and to broader society through our research and innovation work

Read more on the NJR website, or review the full text.


Does it matter how many shoulder replacements a surgeon performs?

Read more on the HINR or NJR websites.


A new study using data from the National Joint Registry compares two types of shoulder replacement surgeries for osteoarthritis patients

Read more on the BMJ or NJR websites.


Women are more reluctant to have hip and knee replacements than men – but their fears are misplaced

Read more on The Lady or NJR websites.


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