The benefit of customized patient education prior to knee or hip replacement surgery was confirmed in a recent study conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. Researchers concluded that patients who were provided with one-on-one education from a physical therapist as well as access to web-based information felt better prepared to leave the hospital after their procedure than those surgical candidates who did not receive this education. Lead investigator Rupali Joshi, PT, PhD, said that the objective of the study was to evaluate the impact of face-to-face counseling paired with web-based education on patient satisfaction and postsurgical patient outcomes. The findings were presented at the February 20 meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Anaheim, California.
The researchers followed 126 patients with osteoarthritis who had knee or hip replacement surgery during the first half of 2015. All patients received the standard of care for such candidates at HSS—a group education class before surgery. A randomized one-half of the candidates then received a one-on-one session with a physical therapist together with access to a web portal of information. Questionnaires administered to both groups assessed patient satisfaction and functional scores on pain, stiffness, and functionality. In addition to greater satisfaction and postsurgical confidence, the educated cohort needed fewer physical therapy sessions before discharge, and met PT discharge criteria sooner than did patients in the control group.
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