The Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Co Unveils New Center for Outcomes-Based Orthopaedic Research (COOR)

Previously named the Department of Clinical Research, the Center for Outcomes-Based Orthopaedic Research continues its mission of improving patient care and outcomes following orthopaedic procedures for joint pain including osteoarthritis treatments, Microfracture, hip, knee, and shoulder arthroscopy, and other joint preservation techniques.

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Steadman Philippon Research Institute (Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Research)

Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Research

Outcomes at COOR take into account the patients’ own assessments of how their knees, shoulders, ankle or hips are doing in addition to what the doctor says, and the research shows.

Vail, Colorado (PRWEB) November 29, 2012

The Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado, is pleased to announce the Center for Outcomes-Based Research. After 20 successful years, the Department of Clinical Research was renamed this year to better reflect its mission. The Center for Outcomes-Based Orthopaedic Research (COOR) continues the former department’s dedication to improving patient care and outcomes of orthopaedic procedures for joint pain by listening to patients. Outcomes at COOR take into account the patients’ own assessments of how their knees, shoulders, ankle or hips are doing. According to Karen Briggs, Director of COOR, “It is critical to listen to how the patients feel in addition to what the doctor says. Our research helps patients make informed healthcare decisions and actively participate in their own care.”

In the past, the orthopaedic research at COOR validated the Microfracture procedure for the knee that has become the most common treatment for cartilage defects among patients in the United States, as well as other osteoarthritis treatments. This year COOR will have its best year ever, contributing to the validation of hip arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy in the degenerative shoulder, ankle outcome scores, and long-term outcomes of arthroscopic treatment in the degenerative knee. The orthopaedic research studies conducted through this department of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute has resulted in an impressive twenty-eight (28) articles published this year in PubMed with an additional thirteen (13) accepted for publication in the coming months. (PubMed's database is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that publishes peer-reviewed and accepted online collections of research studies for the medical community.)

The goal of COOR is to improve outcomes through research and education. The publication of peer-reviewed research provides information to physicians worldwide and to the public. COOR’s tracking of successful patient outcomes also provides the validation required for insurance coverage on the specific procedures being studied. The hope is that this research will have a global impact on orthopedic and sports medicine treatments. This year COOR’s research was presented across North America, Finland, Spain, and throughout Europe.

A highlight of the year was the Richard O’Connor Award for top research paper presented to the Steadman Philippon Research Institute at the annual Arthroscopy Association of North America for the paper “10 Year Survivorship Following Knee Arthroscopy in Patients with Moderate to Severe Osteoarthritis of the Knee” published by the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI). Authored by Dr. Richard Steadman and other SPRI researchers, this paper discusses osteoarthritis treatment and describes how long patients can delay total knee replacement following an arthroscopic treatment package developed by Dr. Steadman. Patients with moderate osteoarthritis were able to delay knee replacement by an average of 7.5 years.

In 2011, COOR completed development of its computerized data collection with patients using the Internet or iPads to complete their forms. With this new system, more time is spent on research and less on scanning and verifying paper forms, saving both trees and time. As a result of this increased efficiency in managing data, COOR anticipates more papers and more information will be available for patients in the future.

To obtain copies of COOR’s most recent research publications, please contact Karen Briggs at karen(dot)briggs(at)sprivail(dot)org.

About The Steadman Philippon Research Institute
The Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) is dedicated to keeping people of all ages physically active through orthopaedic research and education in arthritis, healing, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Founded in 1988 by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman as the Steadman Sports Medicine Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization has influenced the practice of orthopedics throughout the world. Based in Vail, Colorado, it has become one of the most published organizations in sports medicine research and education.