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CBS News: Same-day hip replacements

summary
This article summarizes information about hip replacement surgery where patients go home on the same day.
Mentions more than 300,000 hip replacement procedures done annually.
NYU Langone Medical Center claims to be the first academic medical center in New York City to implement a same-day hip replacement program in 2015.
The article gives a brief description of some of the options for hip replacement surgery as well as some of the risks of the surgery.
Mentions research done by the American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons showing “no significant differences” between surgical approaches relative to recovery outcomes six-months after surgery.

Be sure to include any statistics or data given in the report.
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Criticisms
No discussion of costs of the treatment.
No discussion of benefits of the treatment.
Minimal discussion of evidence.
Only one study cited, red flag. Are there other studies?
Does not compare with existing alternatives.
Only refers to a single procedure and the length of stay in the hospital.

No discussion of costs, information which is easily available.

Although going home the “same day” seems to be important in the article, the overall benefits of the procedure itself are not discussed.

Only mentions one study, does not refer to other studies that may show alternative outcomes.

Report fails to say other treatments available for hip issues, only discusses the length of stay option.
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ITEMS DONE WELL
Story does NOT rely solely or largely on a news release.
Includes original interviews and other reporting
Story does NOT commit disease-mongering
Hip problems are not exaggerated
The story DOES adequately explain/quantify harms of the intervention.
Mention of complications in first night after surgery

The article includes original interviews and other reporting.

The story does not exaggerate the extent of hip problems.

The story includes warnings from a surgeon about complications in the first night of surgery.
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GOING BEyoND THE REPORT (OPTIONAL)
Does not use independent sources.
One outside doctor noted, no other outside sources.
Outside research discovered marketing campaign (no information in the article)
Additional studies?
Thorough literature review recommended when possible. Story does not provide links to sources.

To truly critique a news reports, independent investigation through online searches, overall review of original source material (subject websites, press releases) is advised, although not required for this project.

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