Our data are collected primarily from patients and include patient-reported outcomes (PRO) of pain and function, early post-operative adverse events, and implant failures. In collaboration with patient and surgeon advisors, FORCE-TJR Research designed a real-time patient-reported pain and function monitoring report and tested it in surgeon offices. Scored and trended data, compared to national benchmarks, are available at the clinical visit to support treatment discussions between patients and surgeons.

In new work funded by PCORI, we are expanding web-based, direct-to-patient informatics to provide individualized patient care plans (the OA Careplan) to support treatment discussion between patients and clinicians. These new reports are being developed in partnership with our patient and family advisors.

Finally, a patient-centered phone APP has been designed to capture daily patient knee and hip arthritis symptoms, as well as standardized PROs.

*Arthritis care through Shared Knowledge (A.S.K.) was supported by grant IHS-1507-31714 from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to the University of Massachusetts Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation.


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