Information and Control Preferences and Their Relationship With the Knowledge Received Among European Joint Arthroplasty Patients

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The prevalence of joint arthroplasties is increasing internationally, putting increased emphasis on patient education.

PURPOSE:

This study describes information and control preferences of patients with joint arthroplasty in seven European countries, and explores their relationships with patients' received knowledge.

METHODS:

The data (n = 1,446) were collected during 2009–2012 with the Krantz Health Opinion Survey and the Received Knowledge of Hospital Patient scale.

RESULTS:

European patients with joint arthroplasty had low preferences. Older patients had less information preferences than younger patients (p = .0001). In control preferences there were significant relationships with age (p = .021), employment in healthcare/social services (p = .033), chronic illness (p = .002), and country (p = .0001). Received knowledge of the patients did not have any relationships with information preferences. Instead, higher control preferences were associated with less received knowledge.

CONCLUSION:

The relationship between European joint arthroplasty patients' preferences and the knowledge they have received requires further research.

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