Journal article

Continuity of care and general wellbeing of patients with comorbidities requiring joint replacement

Allison Williams, Trisha Dunning, Elizabeth Manias

JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

AIM: The aim of this paper is to examine the continuity of care and general wellbeing of patients with comorbidities undergoing elective total hip or knee joint replacement. BACKGROUND: Advances in medical science and improved lifestyles have reduced mortality rates in most Western countries. As a result, there is an ageing population with a concomitant growth in the number of people who are living with multiple chronic illnesses, commonly referred to as comorbidities. These patients often require acute care services, creating a blend of acute and chronic illness needs. For example, joint replacement surgery is frequently performed to improve impaired mobility associated with osteoarthritis...

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