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The importance of outcome measurement in orthopaedics

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Department of Orthopedics

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Arthroplasty, Replacement; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Evidence-Based Medicine; Health Care Costs; Health Services Research; Humans; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement; Orthopedics; Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care); Quality Indicators, Health Care; Registries; Treatment Outcome


Health Services Research | Orthopedics


Value in healthcare can be defined as the ratio of the benefits that accrue to patients from treatment received to the dollars spent providing that treatment. It is widely believed that healthcare in the United States is moving from a volume-driven paradigm to a system that increasingly rewards value in healthcare delivery. How can orthopaedic surgeons measure the value and the quality of care they deliver to their patients?

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Citation: Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Nov;471(11):3409-11. doi: 10.1007/s11999-013-3224-z. Epub 2013 Aug 10. Link to article on publisher's site

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Clinical orthopaedics and related research

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