Retrospective study of outcomes following total hip arthroplasty in patients 55 years of age and older
AdvisorLongman, Alice J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA descriptive design was used to identify the differences between and among the variables studied: sex and age, marital status, amount of physical and occupational therapy, length of stay, total hospital charges, and discharge destination for patients 55 years of age and older, following a total hip arthroplasty. The setting was a 650-bed medical center in a Southwestern city. The population for this study was the medical records of 61 patients (27 male and 34 female, aged 55-84 years) with the DRG 209 assignment, major joint procedure, hip replacements only, and with primary diagnosis of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Data collection was done through a retrospective chart audit of patients discharged during the period from August 1, 1989, through April 5, 1990. The study findings were consistent with the literature in that older persons over 75 years of age have longer length of stay, require more rehabilitation post-operatively, and have an increased probability of being discharged to an intermediate or long-term care facility.
Degree ProgramGraduate College