Along with having developed what we think is the world’s best orthopaedic software, we can also supply you with the resources to manage your research and outcomes from inception right through to publication. Our customers tend to be a diverse group – single practice surgeons, group practices, private and public hospitals and academic and university institutions. As expected, with a broad group of users like this there are a varying range of resources and skills available within the practices/institutions. Some have never collected data before, some have previously used home-made databases, some have very experienced research staff available and are switching from other commercially available databases. As a result, sites need different amounts of training and ongoing support. Our own staff, and the consultants we work with have decades of combined experience in orthopaedics and research. We can come into your practice or institution before you start doing any research at all and advise you what is achievable with your current resources, and what you might need to fit with your goals. We can provide initial training to establish a process, ongoing support to ensure the process maintains ongoing integrity, and assist with data analysis.
We are also lucky enough to have consultants who are not only experts in orthopaedics, but have considerable experience with statistics. In our experience, when you are analysing your data, having a statistician who understands orthopaedics is a huge advantage. They are able to detect trends in your data and further analyse your data themselves as they understand the context, rather than having to come back to you with the finished data and leave it for the user to then ask for further analysis. They are also able to detect where data may need to be cleaned up prior to doing analysis, thus saving time and money. A recent example – a surgeon provided us with a de-identified spreadsheet for analysis of his uni-compartmental knee replacements. At first glance, we were able to ask him if he was sure the data had been input correctly as 80% of the procedures were lateral UKR’s and we thought this was rather unusual. It turned out to be a data entry error, they should have been medial UKR’s. They were then able to clean up the data thus preventing the surgeon from paying a statistician to analyse data that, on its return, would have been obviously wrong.
Once your data is analysed we can also provide you with expertise to assist you to write up your results and prepare your paper for publication.
So, if you’re reading this and you haven’t collected data before don’t be daunted – contact us and we can work with you to provide the resources you need to get underway and produce quality data.