Preoperative Education for Total Knee Replacement: A National Survey of Orthopaedic Nurses

Renee Causey-Upton, Dana M. Howell, Patrick H. Kitzman, Melba G. Custer, Emily V. Dressler

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BACKGROUND: Preoperative education aids in reducing the incidence of poor outcomes after total knee replacement (TKR) and increasing patient readiness for discharge home but is not well described in the literature. PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to describe the current design of preoperative education for TKR across the United States. METHODS: A large, national sample of orthopaedic nurses completed an online survey to describe preoperative education at their facilities. RESULTS: Most participants provided preoperative education as part of interprofessional teams in either a group format or combined group and individual education. Verbal instruction was the most common educational delivery method, followed by written instruction. Education typically lasted between 1 and 1.5 hours, was delivered in a single session, and included a variety of topics. CONCLUSION: Results of this study describe preoperative educational practices and can support future research to improve patient outcomes following TKR surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalOrthopaedic Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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© 2020 by National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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