Welcome to FORCE-TJR
Millions of Americans experience pain from knee and hip arthritis that can become debilitating in advanced stages of the disease. Each year, over 700,000 US adults with advanced arthritis choose knee or hip replacement surgery to relieve pain and improve function and mobility. Although Total Joint Replacement (TJR) surgery offers significant pain relief, the level of physical function and activity after surgery varies widely.
With the number of TJR surgeries expected to grow significantly in the next 20 years, both for older adults and patients under age 65, it is critical to understand the surgery’s impact on function and quality of life.
In Fall 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded $12 million to the University of Massachusetts Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation to develop and implement FORCE-TJR, a nationwide, comprehensive database of total joint replacement (TJR) surgical and patient-reported outcomes.
FORCE-TJR research effort will collect data from more than 30,000 TJR patients, develop tools with which to record the patients’ assessment of the success and failure of their surgery, and conduct research to guide both clinical care and health care policy.
We have launched our new FORCE-TJR QI™ network. All the FORCE-TJR infrastructure (surveys, comparative reports, protocols) are available to growing numbers of surgeon offices and hospitals to measure pre- and post-TJR patient outcomes and adverse events. These data will serve both the quality and reporting needs of surgeons for PQRS and accountable care, as well as expand FORCE membership. For more information, please visit the 'For Clinicians' link at the top of this page. Thank you!