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Post-Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Rehabilitation Booklet: A Patient-Based Evaluation

Authors Zhang C, Li Q, Li F, Zhang Y, Tang Y, Hou J, Yang R

Received 20 May 2020

Accepted for publication 6 August 2020

Published 24 August 2020 Volume 2020:14 Pages 1493—1500


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Naifeng Liu

Congda Zhang, Qingyue Li, Fangqi Li, Yuanhao Zhang, Yiyong Tang, Jingyi Hou, Rui Yang

Department of Orthopedics, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Rui Yang; Jingyi Hou Tel +86 13694200667
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Background: Lack of physical therapists has led to increment of self-managed rehabilitations in post-arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (ARCR) in the forms of booklets or leaflets.
Purpose: The aim of study is to investigate 1) the acceptance of post-ARCR patients towards an education booklet, and 2) whether it could be a timesaving and laborsaving tool to physical therapists.
Methods: An education booklet was established through a systematic review. Patients who underwent ARCR in our hospital were included and randomly assigned to the intervention or control group (27 women, 21 men, mean age= 57.06 years old). Patients in the intervention group received educational booklets, and an evaluation was also obtained after they finished reading. Patients’ understanding of the booklet was determined by asking patients to re-enact training presented in the booklet. Then, a therapist blinded to allocations would personally demonstrate training to patients until patients fully understood the protocol. For the control group, the same therapist coached patients until the whole protocol was clearly understood. The coaching time for patients in both groups was recorded.
Results: Out of 48 patients, 24 (50%) were randomly assigned to the intervention group, and 21 (87.50%) completed their questionnaire. Out of these 21 patients, 20 (95.24%) rated the booklet as “excellent and easy to read”, and 17 (80.95%) felt that the booklet was helpful. The re-enaction accuracy was for strengthening training and specific training (71.43% and 61.90%, respectively). As compared to the control group, the time of coaching for the patients to fully master the protocol in the intervention group was significantly less (P< 0.01).
Conclusion: Patients highly applauded this booklet, and they cherished the information and support it contained. Nevertheless, the re-enaction accuracy was not high, suggesting that the high level of acceptance does not guarantee full understanding of information sent to patients.

Keywords: rotator cuff injuries, arthroscopy, rehabilitation, pamphlets, evaluation studies

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