“Ceramic” databases improve the retrospective studies in orthopedic surgery



Orthopaedic Hand & Upper Extremity Service, Yawkey Center, Suite 2100, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.


Technology has affected all aspects of our lives, but it seems that it does not penetrate to clinical research centers as much as other fields.   For example, technology could be used to promote the quality of “Retrospective” studies as much as it become near to the “Prospective” studies. Orthopedics research centers, especially “Hand and upper extremity services” are a good place to start. When we want to set a retrospective study, there is always a lack of accurate objective and subjective data. Perhaps, this is the major reason we tend to utilize prospective studies instead(1-3). Nowadays, with the help of technology, we can overcome this problem.

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