Saturday, February 26, 2005
Pilot sites selected for joint registry projectBy Katherine Sale
The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) pilot project is underway! In May 2004, the Hospital Recruitment Committee, under the leadership of William J. Maloney, MD, presented the names of 15 pilot sites to the AJRR Oversight Board, chaired by David G. Lewallen.
After receiving approval on the selections, the Hospital Committee distributed site packets in July. The pilot phase began with 15 pilot sites and currently has 12 sites actively participating in the project.
Each selected site received a letter of intent, project overview, listing of site requirements and responsibilities, application process guide for gaining institutional review board (IRB) approval, record layout specifications, and required agreement forms.
Of the 12 active sites, six have already secured IRB approval. They are: University of Texas-Southwestern, Dallas; Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis; St. Joseph's Hospital-HealthEast Care System, St. Paul, Minn.; Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, Calif.; Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif.; University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, Wisc.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; New England Baptist Hospital, Boston; and St. Mary's Hospital, Knoxville, Tenn., are preparing to submit their applications this spring.
The data collection tool has undergone further testing and refinement and a training application is in the final stages of development. Additional materials for the sites, providing greater technical detail and information about the data collection tool, are being finalized and will be distributed in March.
As the sites receive IRB approval and complete the required agreement forms with SunClinical Data Institute, they are scheduled for planning and installation of the data collection tool. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University-St. Louis was the first site to complete these requirements and is scheduled to begin data collection in the spring.
The AAOS extends its thanks to all the pilot sites, surgeons and their staffs for their hard work and dedication to the AJRR Pilot Project. The complete list of sites, the principal investigator at each site, participating physicians and AJRR coordinator follows.
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Anne Arundel Medical Center
St. Joseph's Hospital - HealthEast Care System
Massachusetts General Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital
Rose Medical Center
St. Mary's Medical Center
Sharp Memorial Hospital
Sutter Medical Center
Parkland Memorial Hospital
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics