Recovering from total hip replacement surgery: Its not just physical

Steven, G, St John, W and Patterson, E 2009, 'Recovering from total hip replacement surgery: Its not just physical', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 19, no. 11, pp. 1612-1620.


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Title Recovering from total hip replacement surgery: Its not just physical
Author(s) Steven, G
St John, W
Patterson, E
Year 2009
Journal name Qualitative Health Research
Volume number 19
Issue number 11
Start page 1612
End page 1620
Total pages 9
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract In this grounded theory study we explored the process of recovery following total hip replacement (THR) surgery from the perspective of the older adult. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 patients aged more than 65 years who had been discharged from hospital for a period of 4 to 6 months following THR surgery. Findings showed that three distinct but interrelated processes constitute the physical, psychological, and social recovery process: reclaiming physical ability, reestablishing roles and relationships, and refocusing self. Intervening conditions affecting the recovery process include comorbid conditions, the personal outlook of the patient, patients' relationships, and social support. The recovery process can lead to changes in personal and social functioning that patients might not anticipate. Awareness of potential changes will inform patient education and enable clinicians to develop strategies that facilitate THR patients' return to health.
Subject Nursing not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) aging
arthritis
caregiving
informal
chronic illness
discharge planning
grounded theory
healing
postdischarge care
psychosocial issues
rehabilitation
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