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Design, Conduct, and Interpretation of Nonrandomized Orthopaedic Studies--A Practical Approach   |    
The Use of Hospital Registries in Orthopaedic Surgery
Henry Ahn, MD, FRCSC1; Charles M. Court-Brown, MD, FRCSEd(Orth)2; Margaret M. McQueen, MD, FRCSEd(Orth)2; Emil H. Schemitsch, MD, FRCSC1
1 Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Michael's Hospital, 55 Queen Street East, #800, Toronto, ON M5C 1R6, Canada. E-mail address for H. Ahn: ahnh@smh.toronto.on.ca
2 New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SU, United Kingdom
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2009 May 01;91(Supplement 3):68-72. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.H.01592
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Abstract

A hospital registry is a collection of prospectively recorded information about patients who have a specific condition or who received a specific type of treatment. Hospital registries are beneficial for the patient, physicians, and administrators and serve several purposes, with the primary purpose being quality control. This article focuses on the role of registries at the hospital level and their advantages compared with other data sets. We also discuss how to implement a hospital registry and how to ascertain registry quality. Finally, we describe the problems inherent in any hospital-based registry and the ways in which the data collected in a registry can be appropriately analyzed.

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