Our flexible and secure web-based PRO collection system allows for easy integration into clinic workflows.
In Fall 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded $12 million to the University of Massachusetts Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation
to develop and implement Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR), the first ever nationwide comprehensive registry of total joint replacement (TJR) surgical and patient-reported outcomes.
Over the next 5 years, under the leadership of Drs. Patricia Franklin and David Ayers, we collected outcomes from a nationally representative mix of surgeons and patients (over 30,000 patients in total). In the process, we developed tools and expertise in PRO data collection, analysis and reporting. Our methods achieve survey response rates as high as 85% and our analyses offer the unique ability to compare risk-adjusted TJR outcomes to a truly representative national benchmark.
The registry now serves as a rich data set for conducting comparative effectiveness research and quality monitoring as well as research to guide both surgical care and health care policy.
In addition, we have developed FORCE QI, a subscription service that extends our PRO collection and analysis expertise to the broader orthopedic community. FORCE QI reports provide comprehensive, comparative feedback to orthopedic surgeons to support quality improvement efforts and our PRO collection meets regulatory requirements for MIPS and CJR.