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Biomet’s Educational Grant To UPMC Supports Clinical Outcomes Research For Orthopaedic Surgery Patients

PITTSBURGH, April 20, 2005 — An evolving area of research is enabling post-orthopaedic surgery patients to provide their own scientific assessment of how effective and beneficial their surgery and rehabilitation has been.

“It’s called clinical outcomes research and it is important because it allows patients to tell us, from their perspective, how well their surgery and rehabilitation has altered their pain and improved their daily activities and participation in life,” said James J. Irrgang, Ph.D., P.T., A.T.C., associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and director of clinical outcomes research at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.

To support ongoing clinical outcomes research at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, Biomet, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind., has awarded an educational grant to the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The grant also will support education of orthopaedic surgery residents and fellows at the school, provide equipment and personnel to collect research data, facilitate patient participation in research studies, and help UPMC serve as a leading educational resource in clinical outcomes research.

“Surgical repair and rehabilitation of an orthopaedic injury can be deemed technically successful upon clinical examination, but we need to know the real success story: how beneficial the treatment has been in terms of how the patient views his or her quality of life and ability to resume favorite activities and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Christopher D. Harner, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, medical director of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, and co-principal investigator on the grant.

“Clinical outcomes research is an evolving area of research that is making use of computerized information technology to make it easier for patients to provide information regarding the outcome of their treatment and for researchers to review and interpret that data,” said Dr. Irrgang, who is co-principal investigator on the grant.

Patient-reported outcomes will be collected using computer technology to determine how the patient perceives he or she is doing in terms of symptoms, activity and participation in life situations. Because the data collection method is Internet-compatible, patient-reported data can be collected during a clinical visit or in the patient’s home. The patient-reported data will be integrated with clinician-reported information from physical examination, and surgical procedures and findings.

The University of Pittsburgh department of orthopaedic surgery, an international leader in clinical and research advances, is consistently ranked within the nation’s top 15 orthopaedic departments by U.S. News and World Report’s annual survey and has one of the nation’s largest orthopaedic residency and fellowship programs. To learn more, go to

Biomet, Inc., and its subsidiaries design, manufacture and market products used primarily by musculoskeletal medical specialists in both surgical and non-surgical therapy. The company’s product portfolio encompasses reconstructive products, including orthopaedic joint replacement devices, bone cements and accessories and dental reconstructive implants; fixation products, including electrical bone growth stimulators, internal and external orthopaedic fixation devices, craniomaxillofacial implants and bone substitute materials; spinal products, including spinal stimulation devices, spinal hardware and orthobiologics; and other products such as arthroscopy products and soft goods and bracing products. Biomet and its subsidiaries currently distribute products in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit

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