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Survival analysis is a powerful tool for analysing the results of total joint replacement, but it has major drawbacks when the failure rates are very low. We have reviewed 35 recent survival analyses of joint replacements to assess the magnitude of these problems and make recommendations as to how they may be avoided.

Type

Journal article

Journal

The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume

Publication Date

09/1993

Volume

75

Pages

697 - 704

Addresses

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, Oxford, UK.

Keywords

Humans, Prosthesis Failure, Life Tables, Confidence Intervals, Follow-Up Studies, Hip Prosthesis, Knee Prosthesis