Use This Resource (and Others) to Inform Your Orthopaedic Patients
Creating an informed patient requires reliable, unbiased, and user-friendly joint and bone health resources throughout the patient engagement process. One of the newest American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) patient offerings is the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) Patient-Facing Interim Report. It joins an array of other AAOS patient education resources including the popular OrthoInfo website (over 3 million visits monthly) and the AAOS Registry Program Blog featuring orthopaedic patient stories from guest bloggers. Each of these offerings add a unique perspective to maintaining bone health, treatment options, and expected outcomes. All three resources (plus more) are detailed below and available to your patients.
2018 AJRR Patient-Facing Interim Report
The AJRR Patient-Facing Interim Report was created to share highlights from the 2018 AJRR Annual Report that are meaningful and understandable to a patient audience. A team composed of surgeon leaders, the AAOS Registry Program Public Advisory Board, and AAOS Registry department staff prepared the document to convey:
- An overview of the AJRR and why registries are important
- The kind of information that is in the Registry and how it is used
- Hip and knee replacement descriptions and results (data from 2012 to 2017)
- A description of patient-reported outcome measures and their significance
- A list of other helpful orthopaedic patient resources
A Sampling of Key Content
(AJRR Hip Sample 2012 - 2017)
- The average age for first-time hip replacements in 2017 was 65.5 years of age
- The average age of patients undergoing revision surgery was 67.4 years of age
- The need for early revision (done less than three months from the initial procedure) is linked to either a patient's comorbidity, the presence of another disease or condition, or a complication from the procedure, such as dislocation, infection, or fracture
(AJRR Knee Sample 2012 - 2017)
- The average age for patients undergoing a primary knee replacement in this sample was 66.8 years
- Among all "linked" revisions, most were done from 6 - 12 months after the initial surgery*
- For all early revisions, completed within three months of the initial surgery, the most common reason was due to either infection or an inflammatory reaction
*Linked revisions refer to other existing factors present in some knee arthroplasty patients that experienced an early revision, such as: a patient's comorbidity, the presence of another disease or condition, or a complication from the procedure
How to Download the Report and Use It in Your Practice
You are encouraged to share this report with patients by posting it on your website or linking to it from your website. The report can be found in the Announcements section of RegistryInsights® or you can download it from the website using the link below.
AAOS OrthoInfo Website
OrthoInfo is the patient education website of AAOS serving millions of visitors each year. It is noted as a resource in the new Patient-Facing Report. The site provides patients and their families with convenient, online access to more than 500 easy-to-understand articles and videos on orthopaedic conditions and treatments, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and healthy living. Learn more here.
In addition to OrthoInfo, the AAOS offers printed resources like educational brochures in bulk and print public service announcements for patient reference to its members free-of-charge.
AAOS Registry Program Blog Featuring Patient Stories
Patients depend on their physician’s advice when making treatment decisions. However, their understanding of a chosen treatment and their recovery expectations are often influenced by information from others who have undergone similar treatments. Below are some of our most popular Registry guest blogs sharing first-person orthopaedic patient stories. The patient stories featured in the blog are also noted in the Patient-Facing Report. You can link to any of the guest blogs below from your website making them easily available to your patient population:
- My Knee Pain Began a Decade Ago While Playing Tennis
- A Patient Perspective on Joint Replacement Surgery
- A Patient's Experience with PRO Survey Participation
Note: Patient stories and experiences are not meant as a substitute for physician consultation and advice that is specific to an individual patient.
Beyond AAOS: Other Resources for Orthopaedic Patients
Other helpful patient resources noted in the AJRR Patient-Facing Interim Report include:
- American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
We encourage you to share the AJRR Patient-Facing Interim Report and the AAOS Registry Program Blog’s patient stories with your hip and knee surgery patients. Share OrthoInfo with all arthroplasty patients who can benefit from reliable orthopaedic prevention and treatment information. Finally, for those patients active on social media, you can share consumer-friendly AAOS content from Facebook.com/AAOS1, Twitter.com/AAOS1, and/or Instagram.com/AAOS1.
For information about the AAOS RegistryInsights platform, speak with a Registry Engagement Associate at (847) 292-0530 or Request A Demo today!
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