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Jansson, V.; Steinbrück, A. and Hassenpflug, J. (2016): Welcher Zusatznutzen ergibt sich in Zukunft aus den Daten des EPRD im Vergleich zu anderen Registern? In: Unfallchirurg, Vol. 119, No. 6: pp. 488-492

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The German Arthroplasty Registry (EPRD) was founded in 2010 and has been in full operation since 2014. Previous attempts at a systematic data collection of elective and non-elective knee and hip replacement in Germany failed mainly because of the long-term lack of funding. The EPRD is an interdisciplinary collaborative partnership between the German Association of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC), all implant manufacturers of the German Medical Technology Association (BVMed), health insurers (AOK and the Association of Additional Healthcare Insurance) and hospitals (German Hospital Federation). As part of this cooperation a worldwide unique implant database has been set up, which includes all relevant components and a detailed description of implant specifications. This implant library enables a detailed evaluation of implant survival, revision rates and possible inferior implant performance of knee and hip replacements in Germany. At the end of 2015 the EPRD encompassed over 200,000 registered operations. Due to the high number of hip and knee arthroplasties in Germany with many different implants from different manufacturers there will be a rapid growth of data that are available for a national and also international comparison of the results.

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