Productivity improvements in hip and knee surgery.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Productivity improvements that occur as technologies become widely used are not well documented. This study measured secular trends over 1998-2010 in productivity of hip and knee procedures gauged in terms of changes in physical function and pain after versus before surgery. We used data from the Health and Retirement Study. Health outcomes from surgery were measured by 6 physical functioning scales and 2 pain indicators. We used propensity score matching to obtain nonsurgery control groups. Not only were there substantial improvements in physical functioning and pain reduction after receipt of these procedures in all years, but also we documented improvements in health outcomes over time. Largest improvements were for reductions in numbers of Activity and Instrumental Activity of Daily Living limitations for knee procedures.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sloan, FA; George, LK; Hu, L

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2014 /

Start / End Page

  • 615784 -

PubMed ID

  • 24701349

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3950645

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2090-1992

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2090-1984

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1155/2014/615784


  • eng