Newsmaker: Joint effort

A feature story by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette

April 19, 2011

Pat Franklin 

    Patricia D. Franklin

UMass Medical School recently received a $12 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to lead a consortium of academic medical centers and a network of 26 community practice orthopedic offices in establishing the first United States Research Registry for Total Joint Replacements. 

feature story in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette explores how the registry will work and how it will benefit patients. Patricia D. Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, the Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine, professor of orthopedics & physical rehabilitation and family medicine & community health, and principal investigator of the study, explains in the story how the consortium will develop tools to measure the quality of patient outcomes for total joint replacements. The registry, according to Dr. Franklin, will help physicians assess the surgery’s real, everyday quality-of-life improvements for patients. 

With $12 million grant, UMMS will lead nationwide study of joint replacement surgery outcomes