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Table 1 Data on responses related to equipment provision for people who receive primary THR

From: UK survey of occupational therapist’s and physiotherapist’s experiences and attitudes towards hip replacement precautions and equipment

  % (Frequency)
Timing of provision of equipment
 Pre-operatively 61 (104)
 Post-operative during an in-patient stay 27 (46)
 Post-operatively after an in-patient stay 8 (14)
 Did not respond 4 (6)
Professional who prescribed equipment
 Occupational therapists (or Occupational Therapy assistant) 74 (126)
 Physiotherapists (or Physiotherapy assistant) 11 (18)
 Generic therapy advanced practitioners 14 (24)
 Nurses 0.5 (1)
 Did not respond 0.5 (1)
Who delivers and fits equipment
 Occupational Therapist (or Occupational Therapy Assistant) 41 (69)
 Occupational Therapy Technician 22 (38)
 Physiotherapist (or Physiotherapy Assistant) 6 (11)
 Generic therapy advanced practitioner 5 (8)
 Social services 10 (17)
 External organisation/company (e.g. Nottingham Rehabilitation Supplies) 50 (85)
 Patient/Family/Carer 8 (14)
 Joint social services/NHS service 1 (1)
 Did not respond 0
Specific groups who would not routinely receive equipment
 No specific exceptions 76 (130)
 Cognitively impaired 2 (4)
 The younger patient (aged 60 or below) 1 (1)
 Very ‘fit’ patients (e.g. runners or those who engage in vigorous physical activity) 3 (5)
 Patients from residential or nursing homes 2 (3)
 Did not respond 16 (27)
Specific groups who would definitely receive equipment
 No specific exceptions 59 (101)
 Cognitively impaired 6 (10)
 The younger patient (aged 60 or below) 7 (12)
 The older patient (age 85 years or over) 11 (18)
 Very ‘fit’ patients (e.g. runners or those who engage in vigorous physical activity) 6 (11)
 Patients who had a functional limitation (i.e. unable to functionally raise from a toilet or chair) 24 (40)
 Posterior surgical approach 1 (2)
 Did not respond 0
Factors which dictate clinical reasoning
 Surgeon protocol/care pathway 58 (99)
 Therapy protocol/care pathway 46 (79)
 Surgical approach (i.e. posterior, anterior, anterolateral) 18 (31)
 My clinical assessment of the patient 41 (70)
 Research and evidence-based guidelines 18 (30)
 Did not respond 0
  1. NHS National Health Service, THR total hip replacement