Wim Schreurs

Profile

Dr B.W. Schreurs is a faculty member of the Department of Orthopedics of the Radboudumc in Nijmegen. Both his clinical work and research is focused on the diseases of the hip joint. He is a well known expert on this area with the clinical focus on hip arthroplasty in the very young patient and revision surgery of failed hip implants. He is at the moment e.g Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the LROI and the President of the European Hip Society. 

Clinical research in medical science: Interpretation of these data and future developments  

Since 10 years orthopaedic surgeon register the outcome of arthroplasty surgery in the Dutch Arthroplasty Register, the LROI. This ensures them of an overview of their own performance and a quality check. Furthermore, it enables the surgeons to perform research with the clinical data that have been collected by themselves and their colleagues. The first publications in peer-reviewed journals describing research with these  data and its outcome have already been published. 

But collecting data and performing research with these data is not as easy as it looks. Many strategic and operational issues have to be addressed like the technique of registration, the encoding of the implants and several legal (privacy) issues. Looking into the future, linkage to for example a complication registration could further enlarge the opportunities for quality feedback and research with clinical data by the medical specialist.