NORE’s main focus of activities is on outcome research and methodological research in the context of arthroplasty registers.
Arthroplasty Registers are powerful instruments to assess the performance of arthroplasty procedures, and a major source for both scientific as well societal impact discussion.
NORE supports the development of Arthroplasty Registers and register documentation, and aims to enhance the comparability of reports by standardisation.
ARTHROPLASTY REGISTRIES IN EUROPE
ARTHROPLASTY REGISTRIES OUTSIDE EUROPE
Although NORE initially focuses on Registries of Hip and Knee Implants and procedures, other initiatives and established registry formats for other joints (e.g. ankle, shoulder, spine) and diseases (hip fractures, clubfeet etc) as well as regional and hospital based registries are part of the NORE network.”
NORE publications focus on outcome research and methodological research in connection with Arthroplasty Registers.
RECOMMENDED REGISTER-RELATED PUBLICATIONS
REGULATORS AND IMPLANTS REGISTRIES
Registry Data Collection and Research Guidelines, Policies and Procedures
Definition of specific guidelines, policies and procedures is work in progress by NORE. The process involves extensive discussion within the NORE network.
Results and documents will be published in this section and announced in the news section of the EFORT website.
International collaboration and definitions on methodology are essential for comparisons between national and regional reports.
NORE does not compete with National Arthroplasty Registries, but provides an additional level of evaluations. National Registers remain free to add new contents to their national data collection, but harmonisation on variable definitions is a prerequisite.
NORE’s evaluations are based on the National Arthroplasty Registry datasets, as well as on a minimal set of Variables, which ideally should be included as a minumum set in all regional and national datasets: the EFORT-NORE minimal variables.
Two variables must be coded in a unique way: the patient and the implant. The patient must be uniquely identified to match primary and revision surgery for that patient.
An unique personal number (e.g. social security number etc) is the most secure option, but other solutions are possible.
The implant must be uniquely coded by the article and lotnumber of the implant (in the near future a UID will be available).
Examples of possible Registry Variable forms (used by the Dutch Arthroplasty Registry, LROI, www.LROI.nl):
European Commission and other governmental regulation agencies