OrACORe & PIVOT in the News

  • March 20, 2018

NIH Medline Plus discusses the results of the SPARKS trial.   Brigham Health's Vital Lines recently featured an OAPol model study examining the lower utilization rates of total knee replacement among racial and ethnic minorities.

Month in Review-January & February 2018

  • March 6, 2018

Publications Losina E, Usiskin IM, Smith SR, Sullivan JK, Smith KC, Hunter DJ, Messier SP, Paltiel AD, Katz JN. Cost-effectiveness of generic celecoxib in knee osteoarthritis for average-risk patients: A model-based evaluation. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 Feb 23. PMID: 29481917. Collins JE. What can our hands tell us about the future of our knees? Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018 Feb 22. PMID: 29471592. Losina E, Katz JN. Hydroxychloroquine: another battle lost in…

Reuters Health News Features OAPol Analysis

  • February 23, 2018

An OAPol analysis published last month in Arthritis Care & Research examined the loss of quality-adjusted life years among racial minorities due to disparities in total knee replacement utilization. Click here for coverage by Reuters Health.

Dr. Losina Named Robert W. Lovett Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • January 9, 2018

Dr. Elena Losina was appointed this year as the Robert W. Lovett Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Endowed professorships, the highest honor granted to faculty by HMS, recognize researchers, physicians, and professors making outstanding contributions to their fields. Robert W. Lovett was a pioneering orthopedist known in particular for his study of polio. Born in 1859,…

PIVOT Center Research on Opioid Use Featured

  • December 6, 2017

Brigham Vital Lines offers news for physicians about research and clinical practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Vital Lines recently featured research by Dr. Losina and colleagues at the PIVOT Center. The team found that preoperative opioid use was associated with poor pain outcomes 6 months after total knee replacement (TKR) among 156 TKR recipients. The study was published this spring…

Month in Review-September & October 2017

  • October 31, 2017

Looking for the latest from OrACORe? See our recent publications below.   Publications Abbott JH, Usiskin IM, Wilson R, Hansen P, Losina E. The quality-of-life burden of knee osteoarthritis in New Zealand adults: A model-based evaluation. PLoS One. 2017 Oct 24;12(10):e0185676. PMID: 29065119. Teeple E, Collins JE, Shrestha S, Dennerlein JT, Losina E, Katz JN. Outcomes of safe patient handling…

Month in Review-July & August 2017

  • September 5, 2017

Looking for the latest from OrACORe? See our recent publications below.   Publications Qudsi RA, Roberts HJ, Bhashyam AR, Losina E, Bae DS, Alexis F, Dyer GS. A Self-Reported Needs Assessment Survey of Pediatric Orthopaedic Education in Haiti. J Surg Educ. 2017 Aug 29. PMID: 28864264. Yu Z, Lu B, Agosti J, Bitton A, Corrigan C, Fraenkel L, Harrold LR,…

Study Assesses the Impact of Preoperative Opioid Use on TKA Outcomes

  • May 30, 2017

A recent analysis of the impact of preoperative opioid use on outcomes following total knee replacement has generated interest within and outside Brigham and Women's. Subjects who took opioids prior to surgery had smaller reductions in pain at 6 months after surgery than those who took no opioids. The paper was published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. 

Washington Post Quotes Dr. Katz on Total Joint Replacement

  • February 7, 2017

The outcomes of total joint replacement can vary by hospital, surgeon, implant model, and technique. In a February 3 Consumer Reports piece, Dr. Katz discusses the advantages of high-volume hospitals and surgeons, and warns against unproven technologies (such as 3-D printed implants) that may add unnecessary expense.

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