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The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) releases its 2016 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty data at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) 2016 Annual Meeting. With the number of procedures more than doubling since the last report, the AJRR has published the most comprehensive representation of data from an American orthopaedic Registry to date. This is the third annual report that AJRR has released.

“The AJRR currently has over half a million procedures in the Registry,” said Daniel J. Berry, MD, chair of the AJRR Board of Directors. “427,181 of those procedures, which were collected between 2012 and 2015, are included in this year’s report. These additional procedures provide increasingly detailed and accurate information on primary and revision joint replacement procedures in America.”

The AJRR was created to address the absence of comparative effectiveness information by pooling and analyzing data from surgeons and hospitals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. AJRR focuses on hip and knee replacements, and collects patient demographics, device information, and clinical data including patient-reported outcomes.

The 2016 Annual Report is much more extensive than in previous years, and includes data from 3,710 surgeons at 416 hospitals. These surgeons practice at hospitals that range anywhere from major teaching hospitals to small hospitals with less than 100 beds. The hospitals also range from urban to rural. In addition to procedural data on primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty, the Annual Report discusses AJRR’s programming and funding and preliminary 2016 accomplishments.

“The 2016 Annual Report would not have been possible without the support of our diverse stakeholders and the surgeons and staff at our participating institutions,” continued Dr. Berry. “We thank each and every one of them. As the field of health care changes and expands from surveillance to surveillance and reporting quality, the National Registry needs to do the same. Our data collection and reporting will continue to advance, offering surgeons and researchers a comprehensive means to improve orthopaedic care through data.”

Also, a separate California Joint Replacement Registry (CJRR) Annual Report was released today. AJRR and CJRR merged in March of 2015, and the CJRR 2016 Annual Report features patient-reported outcome completion rates for the first time, in addition to addressing the length of stay, comorbidities and adverse events, and other patient factors influencing the results of hip and knee replacement surgeries for the state of California.

Download the report here.