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Are clinical and patient assessed outcomes affected by reducing length of hospital stay for total hip arthroplasty?

Lookup NU author(s): Ian Pinder, Joel Sher


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This prospective observational study investigated the relationship between the length of hospital stay (LOS) and outcomes at 3 months for primary total trip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis. Mean length of postoperative stay was 9.5 +/- 2.8 days. Predictors of LOS were patient's age, sex, and number of comorbidities; preoperative Charnley scores and Nottingham Health Profile measures; complications: and hospital in which surgery rook place. LOS was found to have a small negative correlation with outcome. The dominant association with improved outcome was the severity of the patients' impairment preoperatively, These data suggest that in situations in which adequate rehabilitation and support are available alter discharge. a marginal reduction in postoperative LOS-from the average of 10.3 days ovserved at 1 hospital to the average of 8 days observed at another-would not adversely affect the short-term outcome.

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Author(s): Hayes JH, Cleary R, Gillespie WJ, Pinder IM, Sher JL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Arthroplasty

Year: 2000

Volume: 15

Issue: 4

Pages: 448-452

ISSN (print): 0883-5403

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Publisher: Churchill Livingstone


DOI: 10.1054/arth.2000.4346


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