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    What is FORCE-TJR?

    FORCE-TJR (Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement) is a national registry and research effort with over 30,000 patients who are undergoing total joint replacement. This project was funded in 2010 by the U.S. government*. We are inviting patients from more than 120 orthopedic offices in many cities and towns in all parts of the U.S. Having patients with varied backgrounds will help us find answers that will benefit all patients. The project will identify ways of improving the quality of life for millions of adults.

    How will you benefit from participation in FORCE-TJR?

    Your surgeon will receive a report of your pain and activity level before and after surgery.  You can review this information with your doctor and track your own improvement after surgery.

    What will you do if you participate in FORCE-TJR?

    You will complete short surveys with questions about your pain and activity before and after surgery.  Each survey takes about 15 minutes and can be done on a computer or on paper.  You will complete the first survey before surgery.

    It is important that you complete the surveys in future years so we know how you are doing.  You will be contacted and asked to fill out a survey 6 months after your surgery and every year after that.

    How can you participate in FORCE-TJR?

    • Talk with your surgeon, ask him for more details.

    • Call 855 993 6723 (855 99FORCE) to speak with one of our staff.


    FORCE-TJR is led by clinicians and researchers collaborating together to:

    • develop tools with which to record patients'assessments of the success and failure of their surgery,

    • conduct research to guide both clinical care and health care policy.

    Arthritis is a significant public health issue, with 60 million U.S. adults diagnosed with osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition of joint connective tissue, making it the leading cause of disability in adults. Employees with arthritis have limitations in their physical work activities 23% of the time (versus 9% for a control group), and lose eight more annual workdays than those without arthritis.

    Research that will emerge from FORCE-TJR will inform the benefits and timing of surgery, and, in the long run, improve the work productivity and overall quality of life and health for millions of people suffering from arthritis.

    *FORCE-TJR is supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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    Questions?
    call 855 993 6723
    (855 99FORCE)

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      FORCE TJR is supported by grant number P50HS018910 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
      to the University of Massachusetts Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation
      For general questions and information, email force-tjr@umassmed.edu
      © 2011-2014 FORCE-TJR, University of Massachusetts Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation