Clark & Associates Prosthetics and Orthotics, Iowa, has joined the National Quality Limb Loss & Preservation Registry (LLPR).
The goal of the LLPR is to generate knowledge about which advances, and treatments impact the care of individuals with limb loss and limb difference. Consistent with quality registries that focus on other health populations, the LLPR will collect universal data elements and link hospital, provider and patient reported outcomes over time. The registry will strive to alleviate significant data gaps, increase access to care and improve care models related to prosthetics and limb preservation in the US.
“The Limb Loss & Preservation Registry is critical for the future of patient care, advances in technology, and a range of other sustainable efforts in the field of prosthetics,” said Andy Steele, CPO, managing partner at Clark & Associates. “The current data gap is considerable, and, in some cases, available statistics are over two decades old, and longitudinal data has never been collected.”
“We are excited to have Clark & Associates join the LLPR and contribute data to grow the evidence that will improve the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation approaches for individuals with limb loss, limb preservation, and limb difference,” said Kenton Kaufman, PhD, a Mayo Clinic researcher, and head of the project. “The LLPR represents key stakeholder groups including healthcare team members, researchers, regulators, manufacturers, payers, industry representatives, and patient groups. The LLPR provides data that allows us to now geographically and demographically compare the effectiveness of different surgical approaches, assess the efficacy of different clinical practices, and evaluate different assistive technologies.”