Irish National Joint Registry: a concept

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Despite the well-documented benefits, some countries have yet to agree on the establishment of a national joint register. A questionnaire study was undertaken to ascertain the opinions of the consultant orthopaedic surgeons and specialist registrars, regarding establishment of an Irish National Joint Register. The aim was to find out the possible reasons why a national joint register has not been established in Ireland. A 69% first response rate was recorded. Ninety-seven percent believe it is time to set up a registry and 81% say it should be made compulsory for unwilling surgeons and hospitals to participate. Despite the overwhelming support, privacy and liability issues were major concerns. Fifty-eight percent agree that access to registry report by general public can expose surgeons and hospitals to medico-legal implications. Legislation may be required to protect the integrity of a national joint replacement registry to ensure that the data are used as intended.

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