Expectations of general practitioners for patients undergoing elective total knee arthroplasty

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/578173
Title:
Expectations of general practitioners for patients undergoing elective total knee arthroplasty
Authors:
Nugent, M; Carmody, O; Kenny, PJ
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Sep-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/578173
Abstract:
Most patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in Ireland are referred to orthopaedic services by their general practitioners (GPs). We aimed to evaluate Irish GPs’ expectations for their patients’ perioperative experience and post-operative return to function. A questionnaire was mailed to 350 GPs in all provinces. This included questions relating to GPs’ expectations for their patients and their knowledge and sources of information on TKA. 111 completed questionnaires were returned (response rate 31.7%). Overall expectations for functional and psychological outcomes were high, especially regarding pain relief (108 (97.3%)) expected relief from most or all pre-operative pain), mobility (108 (97.3%)) expected patients to walk medium or long distances) and psychological wellbeing (95 (85.5%) considered this somewhat or very important). Only 22 (20.2%) reported receiving any relevant information or training within the previous year. Overall expectations for functional outcomes were high, however greater communication between surgeons and GPs may improve GP information.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
ARTHROPLASTY; SURGERY, ORTHOPAEDIC

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNugent, Men
dc.contributor.authorCarmody, Oen
dc.contributor.authorKenny, PJen
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T15:41:40Zen
dc.date.available2015-09-18T15:41:40Zen
dc.date.issued2015-09en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/578173en
dc.description.abstractMost patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in Ireland are referred to orthopaedic services by their general practitioners (GPs). We aimed to evaluate Irish GPs’ expectations for their patients’ perioperative experience and post-operative return to function. A questionnaire was mailed to 350 GPs in all provinces. This included questions relating to GPs’ expectations for their patients and their knowledge and sources of information on TKA. 111 completed questionnaires were returned (response rate 31.7%). Overall expectations for functional and psychological outcomes were high, especially regarding pain relief (108 (97.3%)) expected relief from most or all pre-operative pain), mobility (108 (97.3%)) expected patients to walk medium or long distances) and psychological wellbeing (95 (85.5%) considered this somewhat or very important). Only 22 (20.2%) reported receiving any relevant information or training within the previous year. Overall expectations for functional outcomes were high, however greater communication between surgeons and GPs may improve GP information.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectARTHROPLASTYen
dc.subjectSURGERY, ORTHOPAEDICen
dc.titleExpectations of general practitioners for patients undergoing elective total knee arthroplastyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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