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Washington Post Quotes Dr. Katz on Total Joint Replacement

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.

V-Day February Event 2017

Announcing the 2nd Annual BWH OrACORe V-Day February Event     When: Friday, February 10th, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Where: Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, followed by refreshments in the 15 Francis Street rotunda What: Moderated conversation about the role of hospitals in caring for survivors of campus sexual assault. The event will begin with…

Spotlight on the OA Risk Calculator (OA Risk C)

The Osteoarthritis Risk Calculator (OA Risk C) is an interactive, web-based tool that presents users with their personalized risk of OA, based on demographic and basic personal information input by the users. Risk calculators have been used as an education tool in conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but no risk calculator existed for OA before the one created by…

MeTeOR trial featured in Brigham Health Magazine

Clinical trials take center stage in this winter’s Brigham Health magazine, featuring the work of Drs. Katz and Losina. The article gives a history of design and recruitment for the MeTeOR trial, which compared operative and non-operative treatments for meniscal tear.

Conference Report: American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Amelia Winter (AW) and Hannah Kerman (HK) What: The annual meeting for the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), held in Washington, DC AW: At this conference, rheumatologists, researchers, and students gather to learn about up-and-coming research within the field of rheumatology. With this knowledge, healthcare providers can optimize their patient care. HK: Over 16,000 people attended,…

Conference Report: Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM)

Karen Smith and Prashant Rajan Hey everyone! Welcome to OrACORe and PIVOT’s first official blog post! We wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on a recent trip that we took to the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) conference in Vancouver. The SMDM meeting brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers who study how medical decisions can…

OA Risk Calculator Update

This month, OrACORe and PIVOT released an updated model of the Osteoarthritis Risk Calculator (OA Risk C). This interactive, web-based education tool calculates a user’s risk of OA and of undergoing TKR, based on demographic and risk factor information. For more about how we developed this tool, click here.

NIAMS Features OrACORe Analysis

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) features a recent OrACORe publication on the cost-effectiveness of several pain medications among older adults with OA and co-existing diabetes and heart disease. Click here to learn more.

Dr. Katz Quoted in NY Times On Meniscal Tear

Dr. Jeffrey Katz is quoted in The New York Times regarding the use of surgery for meniscal tears. The article highlights the MeTeOR study, which compared surgery with physical therapy in middle-aged people with a torn meniscus and knee pain.

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