Understanding Tauranga Orthopaedic Research Surveys


These surveys are crucial in monitoring individual patient progress and enhancing the quality of orthopedic care. Using three internationally recognized and scientifically validated questionnaires, Tauranga Orthopaedic Research aims to track the effectiveness of surgeries and improve patient outcomes. Participation in these surveys provides invaluable data that helps in refining surgical techniques and patient care.

These questionnaires are used to monitor individual patient progress before and after surgery. 

The Oxford Score

In detail, the Oxford questionnaire is an “operation-specific” outcome measure. This is designed to measure your progress before and after the surgery.

A chart depicting the average Oxford survey score before and after joint replacement surgery in the BOP.
A chart depicting the average Oxford survey score before and after joint replacement surgery in the BOP.

The WOMAC Score 

The WOMAC score is a “disease-specific” score.  This is to measure the effect of how the underlying condition limits your comfort and function before surgery and then hopefully how it has been improved after surgery.

Average WOMAC score

The VR-12 Survey

The VR-12 survey, is a “whole of life” questionnaire. This measures your general wellbeing, in particular over the last four weeks and allows us to adjust for any other life events that might be impacting on the other two scores.

Average VR12 Physical Score
Average VR12 Mental Score

Tracking Joint Replacement Progress

For individual patients, the scores are used primarily to track progress before and after surgery. In the long term the scores can act as an early warning system. If a patients’ score
significantly deteriorates the surgeon will be notified.

Secondly, the scores are anonymously pooled with all patients undergoing joint replacement surgery in the Bay of Plenty region to help us learn more about how well we are doing currently with our surgery and how we may improve this going into the future.

How to Complete the Surveys

Patients can complete these surveys through various methods. They can be completed online if an email address is provided or via paper forms sent in the post.

Who to Contact for Assistance

The Tauranga Orthopaedic Research team can answer any questions you may have regarding the surveys.

Phone 07 543 1864 or email torsi@orthocentre.co.nz.

How long will it take to complete each survey?

There are 3 surveys. Each survey takes 5-6 minutes. It should take no more than 15 minutes.

Are my responses confidential?

Absolutely. The information collected from the surveys is held securely and in confidence by Tauranga Orthopaedic Research.

Can I see the results of these surveys?

While individual survey results are confidential, overall findings and insights gained from patient feedback may be used in scientific studies to highlight advancements in care. These can be found in ‘Publications and Academic Resources’.