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Mismatch between expectations and physical activity outcomes at six months following hip-arthroscopy: A qualitative study

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posted on 2021-01-14, 04:15 authored by Denise JonesDenise Jones, Joanne KempJoanne Kemp, Kay CrossleyKay Crossley, Harvi HartHarvi Hart, Ilana Ackerman
© 2020 Elsevier Ltd Objective: To explore factors influencing participation in physical activity for young to middle-aged patients at six months post-hip arthroscopy. Design: Qualitative study. Setting: Three specialist surgical centres in Australia. Participants: Seventeen adults aged 18–50 years. Main outcome measures: Individual semi-structured interviews were undertaken and transcribed verbatum. Inductive analysis of the data was undertaken, with themes identified through an iterative coding process. Results: Four key themes emerged from the analysis: 1) an evident mismatch between expectations and actual progress of physical activity during the first six months post-arthroscopy; 2) physical activity levels vary widely at six months post-operatively; 3) evidence of suboptimal psychological readiness to return to sport and an associated emotional toll; and 4) the influence of available support and information on post-operative physical activity. Conclusions: This qualitative study has provided in-depth perspectives on recovery after hip arthroscopy. Clear opportunities exist to: 1) help patients develop realistic post-operative goals; 2) provide timely patient education and support; and 3) facilitate an effective transition to desired physical activity.


Denise Jones was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Scholarship and a La Trobe University Graduate Research Scholarship (Australia). Dr Harvi Hart was supported in part by a Transdisciplinary Bone & Joint Training Award from the Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research at Western University, Ontario, Canada.


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Physical Therapy in Sport




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