International Orthopaedics

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 34–36

Joint replacement and patient education

  • P. J. Livesley
  • M. A. Rider
Article

Summary

To improve patient service and in an attempt to enhance the outcome of joint replacement an information booklet has been produced and supplied to all patients admitted for this procedure at Harlow Wood hospital. A postal questionnaire was sent to groups of patients before and after the introduction of the booklets, three months after operation. The level of patient satisfaction with the information given improved from 54% to 82%. A significant improvement was noted in the patient's understanding of the procedure and management of their joint replacement. However, only 53% of patients fully understood the possible complications of the procedure.

Résumé

Pour améliorer les résultats des opérations de remplacement articulaire on a réalisé une brochure d'information qui a été remise à tous les malades admis pour arthroplastie. Pour en estimer la valeur on a adressé un questionnaire à un groupe de patients trois mois après l'intervention, avant et apès l'introduction de cette brochure. Grâce aux renseignements reçus, le nombre de malades satisfaits est passé de 54% à 82% et leur compréhension de la technique et de l'utilisation du replacement articulaire s'est significativement améliorée. Néanmoins il n'y avait que 53% des sujets qui avaient tout à fait compris les complications possibles de l'opération.

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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Livesley
    • 1
  • M. A. Rider
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen's Medical CentreUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Harlow Wood Orthopaedic HospitalMansfieldUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.MansfieldUnited Kingdom

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