Patients' experiences of using My Hip Journey an eHealth program to enhance hip replacement recovery

a qualitative study

Rosemary Saunders, Karla Seaman, Laura Emery, Debra Crompton, Chantelle Lynch, Dorji Penjor, Sonali Dhut

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Abstract

Background:
Patients undergoing surgery require pre- and post-operative education. eHealth programs can facilitate the delivery of information, individualised rehabilitation plans and communication with health professionals for surgical patients to promote overall patient recovery. My Hip Journey was an eHealth program designed to provide pre- and postoperative education for patients undergoing a total hip arthroplasty.

Objective:
The aim of this study was to explore patient experiences of using the eHealth program “My Hip Journey”.

Methods:
A descriptive, qualitative design was used to explore patient experiences of the eHealth program using semi-structured individual telephone interviews. An inductive thematic analysis was undertaken of the transcribed interviews.

Results:
Nine interviews were conducted. Participants found the program easy to use and three themes emerged from the analysis: (a) Information supported recovery; (b) Program motivated recovery and (c) Using technology for recovery. The participants found the eHealth program as a useful means of providing pre- and post-operative education and it built self- confidence in their recovery.

Conclusions:
eHealth programs can prepare patients for surgical procedures and support them in their recovery and rehabilitation enabling them to feel some control of the surgical journey.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJMIR mHealth and uHealth
DOIs
Publication statusSubmitted - 2 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

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    Saunders, R., Seaman, K., Emery, L., Crompton, D., Lynch, C., Penjor, D., & Dhut, S. (2020). Patients' experiences of using My Hip Journey an eHealth program to enhance hip replacement recovery: a qualitative study. Manuscript submitted for publication. https://doi.org/10.2196/preprints.24077