The critical role of registries in documenting the outcomes of hip preservation surgery

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In the UK, a Non-Arthroplasty Hip Register (NAHR) was launched in 2012 to allow data collection for patients with hip conditions other than arthroplasty or fracture (e.g. iliopsoas impingement, SUFE, Perthes, etc.). The NAHR can track the outcome of conservative or surgical treatment. The surgeon can choose to enter as many scores and procedures as he/she wishes over any time interval. The NAHR plots the results over time and displays them graphically. For patients with FAI, pre-operative scores (including EQ5-D and iHOT-12) are collected automatically by the Registry. Only one pathway can be opened for each hip for an individual. If a surgeon tries to register a patient where a pathway has already been started, he/she will be prompted to contact the previous surgeon through the Registry and allowed to add to the data pathway for that patient. By collecting longitudinal outcomes in this way, it will be possible to answer key questions concerning the natural history of, and the effect of surgical treatment on, hip pathologies.