Table 1

Summary of focus group findings assessing suitable issues in investigating rehabilitation practice after total hip replacement in the UK
Discussion item Answers
What do you do with your hip replacements? In bed exercises
Quadriceps static exercises
Free range abductors
Bridging exercises
Hydrotherapy
Could you tell us a little bit about the exercise/physical activity you prescribe generically for your hip replacement patients? Depends on period of rehabilitation
For Mobility: strengthening, functional, balance and weight bearing
Active instructions given are determined by time/service pressures
Target quadriceps and glutei muscles
What exercises do you think are important for total hip replacement surgery patients? In bed exercises
Quadriceps static
Free range abductors
Bridging exercises
Hydrotherapy
Strengthening
Functional
Balance
Weight bearing
What would you like to know about a colleague’s practice with regards total hip replacement rehabilitation? Demographics of patients seen?
Who mobilises first following surgery?
Day patient mobilised post-operatively?
Average duration of inpatient of stay?
Grade of physiotherapist that sees patients
Pre-operative education provided?
Use of resistance training?
    Inpatient rehabilitation
Grade of physiotherapist that sees patients
Equipments patients are discharged with
    Outpatient rehabilitation
Intermediate care team visits at home?
Mechanism/ route of re-referral?
Inpatient and outpatient discharge criteria?
Number of times patients seen in outpatient clinic
Frequency of visits and number seen personally

Okoro et al.

Okoro et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:91   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-91

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