The impact of a preoperative information leaflet on expectation management, satisfaction and patient outcomes in patients undergoing knee arthroscopy

John M. Bayram, Graham M. Lawson, David F. Hamilton*

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Abstract

Background: This study examined the effects of a patient information leaflet on outcomes related to patient satisfaction following knee arthroscopy.

Methods: Cohort study of patients listed for knee arthroscopy under the care of a single surgeon over a nine-month period (May2017–January 2018) following the introduction of an information leaflet as an adjunct to the consent process. Outcome data was collected post operatively through telephone follow-up. Outcome measures included feelings of involvement with decision-making, expectations being met, satisfaction, postoperative pain numerical rating scales and the Forgotten Joint Score-12.

Results: Fifty-five patients were consented by the operating surgeon, of which 28 (50.9%) received a leaflet and 27 (49.1%) did not. Patients who received the information leaflet felt more involved in and informed about the decision to have an operation than patients who did not (p = 0.016),however there were no differences in any other outcomes between patients who did and did not receive a leaflet (p > 0.05).

Conclusions: The use of an information leaflet as an adjunct to the preoperative consultation is an effective way of helping patients feel more involved in the surgical decision-making process, however this does not influence overall outcome or satisfaction metrics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1026-1031
Number of pages6
JournalThe Knee
Volume26
Issue number5
Early online date18 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • knee arthroscopy
  • surgical outcomes
  • patient involvement
  • satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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