The OKS was primarily use to assess outcomes of TKR surgery. The use of the OKS has steadily increased and is now widely employed in many different types of studies including cohort studies, audits and in national joint replacement registries. Other examples of uses of the OKS include:
- Assessment of patient outcomes following alternative non-surgical interventions, including physical therapy, joint supplements and anti-inflammatory medications
- The Oxford Knee Score and the Oxford Hip Score (OHS) have recently been adopted by the UK Department of Health (DoH) for the assessment of approximately 120,000 hip and knee operations which are carried out each year in National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. The OHS and OKS form part of the nationwide Patient Reported Outcome Measure program launched by the UK DoH.
- Private healthcare providers have also been interested in using the Oxford orthopaedic scores, including the OKS, to develop care pathways that achieve the best possible results for the patients. Nuffield Health (UK) is just one of our user community to obtain benefit from the OKS in this way.
- Public and private healthcare providers have used the OKS to assess patient outcomes across multiple facilities as a measure of the performance of individual treatment centres, which can be used to identify high-performing centres and to raise standards through sharing best practices.
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