Comparative effectiveness of alternative clinical pathways for primary hip and knee joint replacement patients: a pragmatic randomized, controlled trial.

@article{Gooch2012ComparativeEO,
  title={Comparative effectiveness of alternative clinical pathways for primary hip and knee joint replacement patients: a pragmatic randomized, controlled trial.},
  author={Katherine L Gooch and Deborah A Marshall and Peter D. Faris and Hoa Khong and Tracy Wasylak and Tim Pearce and Donald William C Johnston and Gordon Arnett and Jan Hibbert and Lauren A. Beaupre and Ronald F. Zernicke and Chris Frank},
  journal={Osteoarthritis and cartilage},
  year={2012},
  volume={20 10},
  pages={1086-94}
}
OBJECTIVE Total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) (arthroplasty) surgery for end-stage osteoarthritis (OA) are ideal candidates for optimization through an algorithmic care pathway. Using a comparative effectiveness study design, we compared the effectiveness of a new clinical pathway (NCP) featuring central intake clinics, dedicated inpatient resources, care guidelines and efficiency benchmarks vs. the standard of care (SOC) for THR or TKR. METHODS We compared patients… CONTINUE READING
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