Purpose of the register
The main purpose of the Swedish Arthroplasty Register is to describe the knee and hip replacement surgery performed in the Swedish health care system. Which patients are treated, what methods and implants are used, how the results are affected and how the patients experience their treatment. Without such information it is not possible for the profession or decision makers to realize that their own routines may not be the most optimal or cost-effective. The patients gain knowledge on what they can expect, why some methods are preferred and if and when it is appropriate to have surgery.
We consider the register itself being a large improvement project that since the start has contributed to the continuous improvement of outcome after knee and hip replacement surgery and leading to Sweden having the lowest revision rates in the world.
Patient reported outcome
Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are tools used to measuring the patient’s own experience of their health or health-related aspects. The tools or instruments that are used to measure patient-reported outcome consists of standardised questionnaires that are answered by the patient without the interference of the interpretation by anyone else. The main goal with most of the hip and knee replacements is to decrease pain and improve function and thereby improving the individual’s health-related quality of life.