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The efficacy of patient information sheets in wrist arthroscopy: a randomised controlled trial.
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PMID:  21519085     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE. To evaluate the effects of perioperative information for wrist arthroscopy on postoperative pain, return to daily activities, and patient satisfaction. METHODS. 34 women and 21 men aged 19 to 54 (mean, 35) years underwent diagnostic wrist arthroscopy to explore the radiocarpal and midcarpal joints. They were randomised to receive specific preoperative information on the procedure (pictures of the wrist joint anatomy, portal entry sites, and the arthroscope) and written instructions on postoperative care (n=28) or only standard preoperative information and verbal instructions on postoperative care (n=27). The visual analogue score (VAS) for pain and the Quick Dash score for return to daily activities of each patient were recorded before and after wrist arthroscopy. Analgesic intake after wrist arthroscopy was recorded. RESULTS. The mean post-arthroscopic VAS from days 2 to 6 was significantly lower in the experimental group than controls. This was reflected by the decrease in analgesic intake. The mean post-arthroscopic Quick Dash score was significantly lower in the experimental group than controls (40 vs. 47, p=0.02), indicating earlier return to daily activities. CONCLUSION. Patients who received specific preoperative information on the procedure and written instructions on postoperative care experienced less pain, consumed less analgesics, and had an earlier return to daily activities.
D Makki; M Alameddine; H A Khateeb; G Packer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of orthopaedic surgery (Hong Kong)     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1022-5536     ISO Abbreviation:  J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong)     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440382     Medline TA:  J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong)     Country:  China    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  85-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
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