Referral for joint replacement: A management guide for health providers


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Optimising patient management in the lead up to surgery

Referral for joint replacement: A management guide for health providers


Joint replacement of the hip or knee ranks at or near the top among medical and surgical interventions in terms of cost-effectiveness and capacity to improve an individual’s quality of life.

Waiting times for surgery and for initial assessment can however be protracted and may lead to further worsening of a patient’s condition, including their overall physical and psychosocial wellbeing.

This guide has been developed to improve the care of people with arthritis by supporting decision making regarding joint replacement and supporting delivery of best practice care while patients are waiting for surgery.

It provides information and accompanying tools to help practitioners manage their patients with arthritis.

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In summary, you must not edit or adapt it or use it for any   commercial purposes.
You must also acknowledge the RACGP as the owner.


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