Recovery from total hip replacement surgery: "It's not just physical"
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In this grounded theory study we explored the process of recovery following total hip replacement (THR) surgery, from the perspective of the older adult. In-depth interviews were conducted with ten patients aged more than 65 years who had been discharged from hospital for 4-6 months following THR surgery. Findings showed that three distinct, but interrelated, processes constitute the physical, psychological and social recovery process: Reclaiming physical ability, Re-establishing roles and relationships and Refocusing self. Intervening conditions affecting the recovery process include co-morbid conditions, the personal outlook of the patient, their relationships, and social support. The recovery process can lead to changes in personal and social functioning that patients might not anticipate. Awareness of potential changes will inform patient education and enable clinicians to develop strategies that facilitate THR patients' return to health.
Qualitative Health Research
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Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)