Patients Perception of Total Knee Arthroplasty.
Patients were more aware of the severity of their osteoarthritis when surgeons spent more time building partnerships with patients than simply giving them information.
A study found there was a lack of understanding between patients and their surgeons regarding the severity of the patient’s osteoarthritis and the expected benefits and risks of total knee replacement.
Patients’ concerns were much greater when patients were less participatory in the process.
It was also noted in the study that black patients expressed lower trust in their physicians.
It probably would be ideal for the surgeon to spend as much time as needed with the individual patient and also provide the patient with printed materials that they could refer to after the office visit.
Unfortunately the “standard ten minute office visit” does not allow very much time for meaningful discussion about the patient’s joint replacement.