Patients' experiences of an information brochure for knee arthroplasty. A brief qualitative study

Y.F.L. Bemelmans*, B.M.G. Heijkens, M. Kleynen, E.H. Van Haaren, M.G.M. Schotanus

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Introduction: Patient information holds an important role in knee arthroplasty surgery regarding patients' expectations and outcomes after surgery. The purpose of the present study was to explore the experiences and opinions of patients undergoing knee arthroplasty (KA) surgery on an information brochure provided preoperatively.Methods: A qualitative case study of 8 patients using individual semi-structured interviews was conducted to explore patients' opinions on an information brochure in KA surgery.Results: Patients rated the brochure as good and recommended its use. Unsatisfactory information regarding wound healing, pain expectations, postoperative exercises and use of walking aids was reported. Patients stated that the table of contents was insufficient and the size of the brochure (A4-format) too large. Patients reported to have no need for additional digital sources (e.g. applications, websites).Conclusion: These opinions support the use of an information brochure. The reported opinions were used to improve the brochure. Future research should focus on the improvement of information sources by involving patients (and other users) in the development process in which the information is tailored towards patient needs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100836
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Knee arthroplasty
  • Patient information
  • Preoperative education
  • PAIN

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