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Study: Sexes Differ on What Matters Most After Hip Surgery

Published: March 20, 2017

DIFFERENT NEEDS Patient gender may be a factor when it comes to providing the best post-op care.

The differences between men and women extend to how they evaluate their care after total hip surgery, a new study finds, suggesting that tailoring post-op care according to gender might be worthwhile.

Women are more focused on responsiveness and communication. Men care most about controlling pain.

The study, which was presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, analyzed survey results from 277 men and 414 women who had surgery between 2009 and 2015.

Overall satisfaction scores were comparable, as were the grading of nurse and doctor communication, staff responsiveness, hospital environment, pain management, and communication about medication.

But for the women, the factors that most influenced their scores were communication with nurses and doctors and staff responsiveness. For the men, pain management made the greatest difference.

Jim Burger

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