Status of physiotherapy rehabilitation after total knee replacement in Australia.

Naylor J, Harmer A, Fransen M, Crosbie J, Innes L.

This survey of clinicians aimed to describe standard (usual) care after total knee replacement in Australia and to provide possible explanations for practice variance, if such variation exists.  A nationwide postal survey involving public and privately funded hospital physiotherapy departments was conducted.  Elements of consistency and diversity across the acute and post-acute phases were evident and reported.   The article concludes that in order to propagate evidence-based practice guidelines and uniformity in care, well-designed clinical trials are required to identify cost-effective rehabilitation programmes after total knee replacement.

Physiotherapy Research International, 2006 Mar;11(1):35-47.

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