"Towards a Better Life": a program of comprehensive rehabilitation for elderly patients following revision hip arthroplasty Maria Pąchalska, Jan Talar, Bogusław Frańczuk, Henryk Olszewski, Adam Pąchalski, Franklin H. Silverman Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2001; 3(1):75-83 ICID: 495254
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Introduction. The aim of the research was to evaluate the quality of life of patients recovering from revision hip arthroplasty, who underwent rehabilitation under the “Towards a Better Life” program (TBL). In the TBL Program, appropriate physical exercises, relaxation techniques, seminars, and panel discussions are combined to support general improvement in both physical and psychological condition, thus improving the patients’ quality of live.
Material and methods. The effectiveness of the TBL approach was evaluated in a clinical experiment involving 36 patients recovering from revision hip arthroplasty, treated under the standard rehabilitation program in general use at the centers represented by the authors. The patients were divided into two equal groups, matched by age and sex: an experimental group E (n = 18), with patients who received additionally the “Towards a Better Life” Program, and a control group K (n = 18), consisting of patients who did not receive this program. The methods used to evaluate the outcome of rehabilitation included clinical interview and observation, the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS-100) and the Self-Evaluating Quality of Life Scale (QOL). The patients were tested before rehabilitation commenced and re-tested two months later.
Analysis of results. On the Physical Index of the MOS-100 scale considerably greater progress was observed in patients from Group E in terms of reduced pain, increased coordination and fluency of movement, improved respiratory capacity, regulation of blood pressure and pulse, functioning of the digestive system, reduced body weight, and improved walking distance. In this group somewhat greater improvements were noted on the Psychological Index of the MOS-100, especially in cognitive functions (perception and attention) and emotional factors (increased satisfaction with life, reduced anexiety, depression, and irritability). The QOL parameters most sensitive to the difference between the TBL Program and the standard program were pain management, independence and self-care, and especially improved self-image and reduced anxiety. The improvements noted by Group E were in many subtest two or three times higher than in Group K.
Conclusions. The greater improvements recorder by patients participating in the “Towards a Better Life” Program in all measured parameters indicates that the program is highly effective in comparison to the standard model. The patients from Group E were much more satisfied with the results they had achieved in rehabilitation, and attained a higher degree of independence and self-determination. The TBL Program can be used to improve the quality of life of patients recovering from revision hip arthroplasty.
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