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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

J Bone Joint Surg Br

Publication Date

09/1993

Volume

75

Pages

697 - 704

Keywords

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