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October 15, 1982

Total Hip-Joint Replacement in the United States

JAMA. 1982;248(15):1817-1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330150017003
Abstract

A CONSENSUS Development Conference was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on March 1, 2, and 3, 1982, to seek a position on issues involving total hip-joint replacement (THR).

At the NIH, Consensus Development Conferences bring together investigators in the biomedical sciences, practicing physicians, consumers, and advocate groups to provide a scientific assessment of technologies, including drugs, devices, and procedures, and to seek agreement on their safety and effectiveness.

On the first two days of the meeting, a consensus development panel and members of the audience heard evidence presented on the following key questions:

  • • What are the indications and contraindications for THR?

  • • What are the current scientific principles guiding selection of materials, devices, and procedures for THR?

  • • What are the short-term and long-term prognoses for medical status and functional activity after THR?

  • • What are the medical and surgical complications of THR?

  • • What are

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