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Patient Satisfaction After Total Knee Replacement: A Systematic Review

PainSci » bibliography » Kahlenberg et al 2018
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One article on PainSci cites Kahlenberg 2018: Knee Replacement Surgery Doubts

PainSci notes on Kahlenberg 2018:

This review found that studies measuring patient satisfaction with knee replacement used a valid measurement method in only 13% of more than 200 studies. Patient satisfaction is generally a grossly inadequate and misleading type evidence even when done right. In the case of knee replacement surgeries, it has been done very poorly: a bad outcome measure measured badly. But this is the kind of data that’s being used to convince people that knee replacements are good medicine for arthritis!

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BACKGROUND: The quality and state of satisfaction reporting after total knee replacement (TKR) is variable.

QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: The purposes of this systematic review were (1) to examine the available literature on patient satisfaction after TKR, (2) to evaluate the quality of available evidence, and (3) to identify predictors of patient satisfaction after TKR.

METHODS: A systematic review of the MEDLINE database was performed. The initial search yielded 1219 studies. The inclusion criteria were English language, clinical outcome study with primary outcome related to TKR for osteoarthritis, and patient-reported satisfaction included as an outcome measure. Studies were assessed for demographics, methodology for reporting satisfaction, and factors influencing satisfaction.

RESULTS: Two hundred eight studies, including 95,560 patients who had undergone TKR, met all inclusion and exclusion criteria; 112 (53.8%) of these studies were published in the past 3 years. Satisfaction was most commonly measured using an ordinal scale. Twenty-seven studies (13%) used a validated satisfaction survey. Eighty-three percent of studies reported more than 80% satisfaction. The most commonly reported predictor of satisfaction was post-operative patient-reported functional outcome. Pre-operative anxiety/depression was the most common pre-operative predictor of dissatisfaction.

CONCLUSION: There are numerous studies reporting patient satisfaction after TKR, and publication on the topic has been increasing over the past decade. However, the majority of studies represent lower levels of evidence and use heterogeneous methods for measuring satisfaction, and few studies use validated satisfaction instruments. In general, the majority of studies report satisfaction rates ranging from 80 to 100%, with post-operative functional outcome and relief of pain being paramount determinants for achieving satisfaction.

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