Measuring Rapid Recovery Program Outcomes: Are All Patients Candidates for Rapid RecoveryCallaghan, John J. et al.
Total joint arthroplasty procedures have been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of end stage hip and knee arthritis. The purpose of this paper is to outline various processes utilized to assess the outcomes of rapid recovery programs and to outline areas where future research and metrics will be beneficial in demonstrating the effectiveness of these programs. We have highlighted the use of large databases [NIS (National Inpatient Sample) and NSQIP (National Surgical Quality Improvement Program)] to help identify patients who are candidates for the rapid recovery approach. Continued thorough investigation should not only justify rapid recovery, but also move traditional joint arthroplasty programs to more efficient cost effective care once appropriate metrics are identified that support the need for resources for rapid recovery programs.