our history

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 Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR), a nationwide comprehensive database of total joint replacement (TJR) surgical and patient-reported outcomes. 

FORCE-TJR includes a national sample of US patients and surgeons to conduct comparative effectiveness research and quality monitoring. The research collected national outcome norms from more than 25,000 TJR patients, developed tools with which to record the patients’ assessment of the success and failure of their surgery, and ongoing research will guide both surgical care and health care policy.