- The tool gives specifically tailored information to individual patients about the risks and benefits of having a joint replacement both now or in the future.
- The easy-to-use survey generates a unique set of results for a variety of factors including how long the implant may last, a pain and function score before and after surgery and risk of death.
- The tool can be used by patients in their own home or by GPs during appointments.
- It is hoped the tool will both improve the success rate of joint replacements and prevent unnecessary surgery, saving the NHS money.
An innovative online tool devised by researchers from the University of Sheffield will give patients unique personalised information about the risks and benefits of having a joint replacement for the first time.
A total of over 220,000 hip and knee replacement procedures are performed in the UK each year. At the moment, patients are given very general information about the procedure either from their GP, consultant or by searching on the internet.
The easy-to-use Patient Decision Aid For Joint Replacement generates an individualised set of results for patients based on a variety of factors including: how long the implant will last, predicted pain and function levels before and after surgery and the associated risks such as death rate.
Information from more than one million patients who have already undergone hip and knee replacements, recorded by the National Joint Registry, was used to create the intuitive tool which it is hoped will both improve the success rate of joint replacements and prevent unnecessary surgery, saving the NHS money.
Professor Mark Wilkinson, an Insigneo member from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Oncology and Metabolism, led the creation of the new tool, which can be used by patients in their own homes or by GPs during patient appointments.
He said: “At the moment it is impossible for GPs and consultants to give each individual patient tailored information specific to them and their lifestyle. By using data from more than one million patients who have already undergone surgery, and information from individuals about their lifestyle and how joint pain currently impacts on their life, the tool is able to provide the risks and benefits in more detail than ever before.
“Everyone has slightly different expectations about what they hope their treatment will provide for them and hopefully the risk calculator will answer their questions.
“We hope the tool will help patients make better decisions about undergoing joint replacements based on their own personal circumstances. Patients also have the option to see how their results would change if, for instance, they lost weight or if they waited a couple of years before surgery.”