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《Chinese Journal of Nursing Education》 2004-01
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The quality of life of patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery

ZOU Hai'ou,CHEN Zhaoshi,LUO Fengyi,et alSchool of Nursing, Peking Union Medical college,Beijing, 100041  
Objective:To investigate quality of life preoperatively and 3-month postoperatively and to analysis influential factors for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery. Methods: 72 total joint replacement surgery patients were involved. Questionnaire were used for preoperatively assessment and telephone interviewed were used for 3-month postoperatively. Results: The results demonstrated the significant short-term improvement in the quality of life following total joint replacement surgery 3 months after surgery. However certain groups of patients did not improve or even a drop in terms of their quality of life. In spite of the very marked improvement in quality of life between baseline and the subsequent 3 months follow-up, yet on average these gains were not to a level comparable to the general population. The likelihood for improvement in quality of life was seen in patients who had fewer chronic diseases, who had better baseline joint function and who had more social support before surgery. Discussion: nurses identifying those patients with comorbid conditions, helping in preoperative counseling, taking steps to ensure the comorbid conditions are treated well before surgery and planning the additional care needed to improve their outcomes. Patients should not wait until preoperative function status was worse, earlier intervention was suggested.
【CateGory Index】: R473.6
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