The Total Joint Arthroplasty Outcome Measures (TJAOM) Toolkit
Five years of work has culminated in the launch of a toolkit providing resources to help health care providers select, apply, score and interpret outcome measures for patients with total joint arthroplasty (Total Hip Arthroplasty and Total Knee Arthroplasty) along the continuum of care.
The contents of the TJAOM Toolkit (informed by the collective findings of a chart audit, focus group, survey1, Delphi process2 and relevant literature) include:
- The recommended outcome measures (both patient-reported and performance-based measures) for each phase of the continuum of care (pre-op, acute, post-acute and active living)
- Brief summaries of each recommended outcome measure (what it measures, who it is appropriate for, how to apply it, how to score it, how to interpret it)
- Template of a discharge letter that may be used to share the results and interpretation of the change in each outcome measure over repeated administrations
- Guide for how to use the template of the discharge letter
- Guide for how to use the TJAOM Toolkit
On-line learning modules for each outcome measure are currently being finalized. These e-modules include: a video providing a review of how to find, assess, apply, score and interpret outcome measures; interactive text with clinically relevant information; a video of how to undertake each performance-based outcome measure; and a pre/post questionnaire to reinforce key messages.
The TJAOM Toolkit is freely available at: http://physicaltherapy.med.ubc.ca/physical-therapy-knowledge-broker/total-joint-arthroplasty-and-outcome-measures-tjaom-toolkit/
- McAuley C, Westby MD, Hoens A, Troughton D, Field R, Duggan M, Reid WD. (2014). A survey of Physiotherapists’ experience using outcome measures in total hip and knee. Physiotherapy Canada..2014. 66(3)’ 223-4.274-285.
- Westby MD, Brittain A, Backman CL. Expert consensus on best practices for post-acute rehabilitation after total hip and knee arthroplasty: A Canada-US Delphi study. Arthritis Care and Research. 2014:66(3):411-23.
Extra information if required:
This project involves the synthesis of knowledge from a variety of sources:
- The literature Key best evidence regarding outcome measurement and outcome measurement specific to the TJA population.
- A chart audit (convenience sample) across the phases of care (prehab, acute and subacute) and practice settings ( inpatient, outpatient and private practice) providing data on what BC physiotherapists document with respect to the use of outcome measures in this patient population.
- A focus group providing qualitative data on the barriers and facilitators to use of outcome measures in this patient population.
- A cross-sectional survey (randomized sample of targeted groups of BC Physiotherapists) providing quantitative and qualitative data on which outcome measures are reported as used, or will be considered for use, in this patient population.
- A Delphi survey (expert panelists including patients, health care providers & researchers from multiple disciplines in Canada & the US) providing consensus on best practice recommendations for rehab management and outcome evaluation of TJA patients.