Table 2

Questionnaire items on rehabilitation practice for total hip replacement
Rehabilitation Phase Question posed with possible responses
Preoperative In what setting do you see patients in the preoperative period?
Response options: Orthopaedic Pre-assessment clinic
Outpatients
Arthroplasty education event
Other- Please state…….
Which exercise do you personally think is most important in terms of muscular recovery after total hip arthroplasty?
Response options: Weight-bearing exercises
In-bed exercises
Bridging exercises
Functional exercises
Hydrotherapy
Which muscle group do you think it is most important to target following total hip arthroplasty for rehabilitation purposes?
Response options: Quadriceps
Hip abductors
Spinal
Core balance
Other-please state
What kind of advice do you give?
Response options: Verbal
Trust information leaflet/booklet
Video/CD
Other…..
Immediate Which healthcare professional mobilises the patient out of bed first?
Post-operative Response options: Nurses
Immediate Post-operative Physiotherapists
Other- Please state…………
On average what day do the patients get mobilised?
Response options: Day 0
Post op day 1
Post op day 2
Post op day 3
What exercises do you prescribe to your patients?
Response options: Weight bearing exercises
In-bed exercises
Bridging exercises
Functional exercises
Hydrotherapy
Other- Please state
Which one of the following options do you think most underlines progressive resistance training?
Response options: Progression of frequency of exercises
Use of weights
Do you build in resistance training routinely into the exercises you prescribe?
Response options: Yes
No
Which of the following is the average length of stay in your hospital after total hip arthroplasty?
Response options: 2 days
3 days
4 days
>5 days

How often is a post-operative hip patient seen routinely by you in a normal day?

Response options: Once

Twice
Thrice
Four times
Other
What equipments are your patients routinely discharged from hospital with?
Response options: Walking aids
Thromboprophylaxis e.g. Clexane
Other- Please state……………..
By what criteria do you discharge your patients from inpatient physiotherapy input?
Response options: Patient stable on walking aid
Compliant with exercises
Independent with activities of daily living (ADL)
Other- Please state………………
Do you routinely refer patients to community physiotherapy on discharge?
Response options: Yes
No
Continuing rehabilitation What is the reason for referral of patients to your care in the weeks or months after THR in the community?
Continuing rehabilitation Response options: Poor balance
Weak hip abductors
Frequent falls
Recurrent dislocation
Other- Please state…
What exercises do you prescribe for patients after THR in the community?
Response options: Weight bearing exercises
In-bed exercises
Bridging exercises
Functional exercises
Hydrotherapy
Other- Please state
By what criteria do you discharge them from your care?
Response options: Patient stable on walking aid
Compliant with exercises
Other- Please state………………
How many sessions do you on average see the patient in total?
Response options: 1
2
3
4
5
>5

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

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