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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.


Journal article


J bone joint surg br

Publication Date





697 - 704


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