The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) releases its 2017 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty data today at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) 2017 Annual Meeting. The information in this year’s report gives the most comprehensive picture to date of patterns of hip and knee arthroplasty in the U.S. This is the fourth annual report that AJRR has released.
“We are proud to present this 2017 Annual Report which reflects data collected from 2012 through 2016,” said Daniel J. Berry, MD, chair of the AJRR Board of Directors. “The AJRR has seen significant growth since the previous report; this year’s report has a 101 percent increase in procedures, a 57 percent increase in reporting institutions, and a 50 percent increase in surgeons.”
The AJRR was created to address the absence of comparative effectiveness information by pooling and analyzing data from surgeons and health care institutions in 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 comorbidities, complications, and patient‐reported outcomes.
The 2017 Annual Report analyzes data on 860,080 hip and knee replacement procedures from 4,755 surgeons at 654 institutions. It has a section on overall results, as well as individual sections analyzing primary and revision hip and knee procedural data. There are sections providing information on the Registry’s collaborative projects, yearly data audit, 2017 accomplishments, and future areas of interest. Data from the AJRR’s state registry, the California State Registry, is analyzed and presented too.
“AJRR would like to thank its diverse stakeholders, because without their dedication towards improving orthopaedic care, this report would not have been made,” continued Dr. Berry. “We consider everyone’s perspective when creating the annual report, and after receiving feedback from hospital administrators at our participating hospitals, we included new ‘Actions & Insights’ pullouts to highlight important pieces of the more clinical text. We’re also continuing to publish a Report to the Public on our data so that patients can be informed. AJRR’s data appeals to a wide audience, and as the Registry expands its data collection and capabilities, its data will become more complete and continue to help advance the field of orthopaedics.”