The Swedish Knee Arthroplasty Register: a review

Bone Joint Res. 2014 Jul;3(7):217-22. doi: 10.1302/2046-3758.37.2000289.


We are entering a new era with governmental bodies taking an increasingly guiding role, gaining control of registries, demanding direct access with release of open public information for quality comparisons between hospitals. This review is written by physicians and scientists who have worked with the Swedish Knee Arthroplasty Register (SKAR) periodically since it began. It reviews the history of the register and describes the methods used and lessons learned. Cite this article: Bone Joint Res 2014;3:217-22.

Keywords: Swedish knee arthroplasty register review.

Publication types

  • Review

Grants and funding

Funds were received from the Swedish Medical Research Council (MFR 09509), Stiftelsen för bistånd åt vanföra i Skåne, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and the Medical Faculty for this work. O. Robertsson also reports that the Swedish Knee Arthroplasty Register is financed by grants from the Swedish government that are not related to this article. J. Ranstam reports payment as a statistical reviewer from Acta Orthopaedica, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, the Lancet, and the British Journal of Surgery which is not related to this article. L. Lidgren has received stock options from Orthocell and Australia and Bone Support, Sweden which are not related to this article.