Level of response to telematic questionnaires on Health Related Quality of Life on total knee replacement

M. Besalduch-Balaguer, X. Aguilera-Roig, G. Urrútia-Cuchí, A. Puntonet-Bruch, M. Jordan-Sales, A. González-Osuna, F. Celaya-Ibáñez, J. Colomina-Morales

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Abstract

© 2014 SECOT. Questionnaires measuring health-related quality of life are difficult to perform and obtain for patients and professionals. Computerised tools are now available to collect this information. The objective of this study was to assess the ability of patients undergoing total knee replacement to fill in health-related quality-of-life questionnaires using a telematic platform. Material and methods: Ninety eight consecutive patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty were included. Participants were given an access code to enter the website where they had to respond to 2 questionnaires (SF8 and the reduced WOMAC), and 3 additional questions about the difficulty in completing the questionnaires. Results: A total of 98 patients agreed to participate: 45 males and 53 females (mean age 72.7 years). Fourteen did not agree to participate due to lack of internet access. Of the final 84 participants, 50% entered the website, and only 36 answered all questions correctly. Of the patients who answered the questionnaire, 80% were helped by a relative or friend, and 22% reported difficulty accessing internet. Conclusion: The use of telematic systems to respond to health-related quality of life questionnaires should be used cautiously, especially in elderly population. It is likely that the population they are directed at is not prepared to use this type of technology. Therefore, before designing telematics questionnaires it must be ensured that they are completed properly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-259
JournalRevista Espanola de Cirugia Ortopedica y Traumatologia
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Health-related quality of life
  • Telematics
  • Total knee arthroplasty

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