The main focus is enhanced (fast-track) recovery program research in various patient groups. A three-step approach is used to:
- Quantify muscle-structure, muscle-function, and functional performance deficits
- Determine the feasibility of physical rehabilitation interventions aimed at reducing identified deficits
- Establish the effectiveness of physical rehabilitation interventions that have proven feasible
Publication on the topic
Fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty : Clinical and organizational aspects
Background: Fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty aims at giving the patients the best available treatment at all times, being a dynamic entity. Optimization of the clinical aspects include focusing on analgesia; DVT-prophylaxis; mobilization; care principles including functional discharge criteria; patient-characteristics to predict outcome; and traditions which may be barriers in optimizing outcomes.
Methods: A thesis by post.doc. Henrik Husted explores the fast-track set-up and its components, the optimizing of analgesia by using a compression bandage in total knee arthroplasty, safety aspects following fast-track in the form of few readmissions in general and the detailed description of which clinical and organizational factors detain patients in hospital following fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty
Conclusion: The findings provide substantial, important new knowledge on clinical and organizational aspects of fast-track hip and knee arthroplasty – with concomitant documented high degrees of safety (morbidity/mortality) and patient satisfaction. Also, improvements in information and motivation of the patients, preoperative identification of patients needing special attention and detailed economic studies of fast- track are warranted.