Hip and knee replacements are surgeries aimed at improving mobility and quality of life, particularly after many years of trying to manage debilitating pain. Hip and knee replacements are the third and second most common surgeries performed in Canada, with more than 123,000 done annually. Monitoring outcomes of hip and knee replacement patients and understanding factors that affect outcomes of these procedures is particularly important for our aging population.

Canadian Joint Replacement Registry (CJRR), managed by CIHI, is Canada’s only national medical device registry. Launched in 2001, it’s a collaborative effort with the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. We collect patient-specific information (clinical, surgical and prosthesis) on hip and knee replacement surgeries performed in Canada.

The CJRR is guided by its Advisory Committee, which is made up of orthopedic surgeons; representatives from provincial ministries of health, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association and the Arthritis Society of Canada; and a patient representative. The CJRR Advisory Committee is chaired by Dr. Eric Bohm and co-chaired by Dr. Michael Dunbar.

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Reports and analyses

See the archives for historical data on hip and knee replacements

CJRR updates

Submitting data to CJRR

As of 2018–2019, CJRR hip and knee replacement prosthesis information can be submitted through the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) via Group 20. Some jurisdictions continue to submit via the legacy CJRR electronic file system, based on discussions between CIHI and ministries/health authorities. Email cjrr@cihi.ca for details regarding reporting requirements.

Note that the CJRR Web-Based Data Submission and Reports Tool was retired in 2018.

Data submission deadlines

Refer to Submission Deadlines and Refresh Dates and see the following sections:

  • CJRR (for data submissions to the legacy CJRR electronic file system)
  • DAD (for Group 20 CJRR prosthesis submissions as part of the DAD)

Information for all data providers

Entering product barcodes for the Canadian Joint Replacement Registry

Information for CJRR electronic file submitters

Contact us at help@cihi.ca for any inquiries about becoming a CJRR licensed vendor and obtaining the CJRR Electronic Data Submission Requirements.

Historical information

CJRR paper data submissions were retired in spring 2013. These forms are made available for reference use only.


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Additional resources

Other CIHI data sources with data on hip and knee replacements: