1Ramsay Health Care, Perth, Australia
Virtual eHealth programs to deliver individualised pre-operative preparation, post-operative and home rehabilitation to patients has the potential to increase program engagement and compliance. This may lead to enhanced recovery outcomes and reduced risk of post-operative complications.
An interprofessional team from a large private hospital in Western Australia created a virtual program for patients undergoing total hip replacement surgery. The objectives include; strengthening the lines of communication between patients and therapists, extending the relationship time between the hospital and patients, improving access to pre and post-operative education for patients in metro and rural locations, and giving patients and their support team tools to prepare both physically and mentally for their hip surgery journey.
One hundred patients undergoing a primary elective total hip replacement were recruited to participate in a six-month parallel, randomized control trial. The control group received the standard education program whilst the intervention group received the tailored virtual program called, “My Hip Journey”. Patients had access to “My Hip Journey” for two weeks pre-operatively and four weeks post-operatively. I will discuss patient feedback, consumer engagement and how this study research is expected to change our practice.
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