Patient readiness for discharge after total hip replacement: an integrative review
Supattra Changsuphan, Puangpaka Kongvattananon, Chomchuen Somprasert
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to reduce or eliminate pain while enabling full advantage and function of daily living activities after hospital discharge. Readiness for discharge depends largely on prior healthcare team preparations for both patients and their families.
Design/methodology/approach – This integrative review was conducted using the Whittemore and Knafl method, and synthesized published research concerning patients’ readiness for discharge, particularly those who had undergone total hip replacement (THR) surgery.
Findings – Results were categorized into five main themes as physiological experiences, psychological experiences, coping ability, needs from the healthcare team, and family support influential to the readiness of THR patients for discharge.
Originality/value – The preparation for discharge of THR patients should be fully engaged and addressed. Moreover, healthcare professionals should provide care for patients at both the pre- and post-operation phases as well as during the transitional phase from hospital to home.
Patient experience; Integrative review; Total hip replacement; Discharge readiness