About RNE for patients

Romanian Arthroplasty Register was founded through the Ministry's of Health - National Public Health Program - called "Prevention in Orthopaedy and Traumatology" .

The main purpose of the Register is to function as a surveillance tool in an early warning system of the deficient implants. Also, it is presented as individual databases for each orthopaedy clinic, where they can see all their forms and compare the data with the national situations. The Register is functioning on non-concurential principles, meaning that the data for each hospital is not available to another hospital, and that the patients' data is classified.

Medical registers usually cover patients of one or a few diagnostic groups, or patients who receive certain treatments (e.g. operations). Registers may cover patients from a whole country, a region, a group of hospitals, or from a group of surgeons. The patients are followed until death or during a limited time period. The results of the different treatment modalities are assesed and compared on the basis of the collected data.

The recording of data should be based on individual reports for each patient. A register should comprise both baseline data (e.g. primary operations) and the outcome response (e.g. revision) at follow-up. The aims of the study must be decided upon early in the planning process, and based on these aims decisions can be made about the minimal necessary set of well-defined data to be collected.