Development of quality indicators for hip and knee arthroplasty rehabilitation.

Published on Dec 30, 2017in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage4.793
· DOI :10.1016/J.JOCA.2017.10.020
C.A. Jones (U of A: University of Alberta)
Summary Objective To develop quality indicators (QIs) reflecting the minimum acceptable standard of rehabilitation care before and after elective total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for osteoarthritis (OA). Methods Informed by high quality evidence and using a modified RAND-UCLA Delphi approach, an 18-member Canadian panel of clinicians, researchers and patients considered 81 proposed QIs (40 for THA, 42 for TKA) addressing rehabilitation before and after elective THA and TKA. Panelists rated QIs for their importance and validity on a 9-point Likert scale through two rounds of online rating interspersed with a moderated and anonymous online discussion forum. Those QIs with median ratings of ≥7 for importance and validity with no disagreement based on the inter-percentile range adjusted for symmetry were included in the final sets. Results Fifteen panelists from seven provinces and varied practice settings completed the Delphi process. Of the 81 plus one additional QIs (total of 82), 67 (82%) were rated as both important and valid (31 for THA, 36 for TKA). For THA, 14 pre-op, six acute and eight post-acute QIs were accepted. For TKA, 16 pre-op, 10 acute and eight post-acute indicators were accepted. Two of three ‘across-continuum' QIs were rated appropriate for both procedures. Conclusion This work represents the first QIs with which to measure, report and benchmark quality of care in patients receiving rehabilitation before and after THA/TKA surgery. The QIs will be further tested for reliability and feasibility before being widely disseminated in clinical settings and used to assess care gaps.
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