Educate Patients Using These Outstanding Joint and Bone Health Resources

Feb 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Joint and Bone Health Resources on a Hospital Website

Last month we presented a blog series entitled How to Build a Patient-Reported Outcomes Program (PRO) for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Reporting patient outcomes occurs in the final phases of a long treatment and rehabilitation process. Smart patient and clinical decision making beforehand will increase the likelihood of successful outcomes. To maximize the benefit of medical information exchange between patients and their health care providers, patient education is critical. Not all proactive patient education occurs in the doctor's office, so how can you help?


How to Create An Informed Patient

Creating an informed patient requires guidance to reliable, unbiased, and user-friendly joint and bone health resources early in the decision-making process. Links to eight educational resources designed to aid orthopaedic patients are listed under "This Week's References" (see Sidebar). We encourage health care professionals to share these resources with your patients by linking to them from your hospital, ambulatory surgery center (ASC), or private practice website. You also can include the web addresses in your patient literature. Finally, be sure to discuss the benefits of patients visiting one or more of these sites on their own or with a family member. Afterwards, encourage them to write down their questions and discuss them with the physician. This allows the physician to confirm, clarify, or correct the patient's impressions of the medical information they've read and how it might apply to their specific condition or situation.


Let's Review Some Sample Educational Content

Below are sample patient education materials available from five sources featured in this week's blog. They are frequently accessed materials from a diverse set of current educational items produced by each organization. All are available to your organization and/or directly to patients.



OrthoInfo home page

Learn more at OrthoInfo.


AJRR 2017 Report to the Public About Hip and Knee Replacements

AJRR 2017 Report to the Public cover

Learn more inside the AJRR 2017 Report to the Public About Hip and Knee Replacements.


Choosing Wisely®

Choosing Wisely home page

Learn more at the Choosing Wisely website.


The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Community Outreach Website

NIAMS Community Outreach Website

Learn more at the NIAMS Community Outreach Website.


The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Hip and Knee Care Library

AAHKS Hip and Knee Care Library

Learn more at the AAHKS Hip and Knee Care Library.


Patient-to-Patient Communication Amplified by Social Media

Social media icons

Your patients, or members of their families, are undoubtedly participating in social media where health care topics can be discussed in informed and uninformed ways. To help ensure that accurate and current information will be shared, post it on Facebook and Twitter. If you don't have time to create original posts, you can always share consumer-friendly AAOS content from,, and/or


Click here for shareable content and graphics for social media use in the NIAMS e-Toolkit.


Listening to Your Patient's Voice

We began this blog by discussing the importance of maximizing medical information exchange between patients and their health care providers. Education can empower patients in those conversations and in their decision making. Physician communication is equally important. The physician's knowledge of medicine is already there. What the patient 'has to say' is unique to each patient. Practice your listening skills and guide your patients to the right educational resources for their unique situation. The result will certainly be improved care and an increased likelihood for the completion of patient-reported outcomes.


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This Week’s References

AJRR 2017 Report to the Public

The newly released AJRR 2017 Report to the Public About Hip and Knee Replacements provides a patient summary of the clinical data available in the AJRR 2017 Annual Report. Read about arthroplasty statistics and trends that matter, with over one million procedures reported to the AJRR. Learn more here.

A Nation in Motion

A Nation in Motion, also from the AAOS, offers the latest bone and joint health news, information, more than 7oo patient anecdotes, and clinical expert perspectives from orthopaedic surgeons. Learn more here.

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)

Do you need a joint replacement? Whether you are starting to experience pain and loss of mobility in your hips or knees, have been treating joint pain for some time, are about to have or had surgery already, AAHKS can help you make informed decisions about your care. Learn more here.

Arthritis Foundation

Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in our country. Seventy-nine percent of patients undergoing a primary hip arthroplasty procedure had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Learn more about arthritis symptoms and treatment options here.

Choosing Wisely®

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), in partnership with Consumer Reports, created the Choosing Wisely campaign that informs patients and clinical staff of overused procedures by specialty. AAOS has partnered with Choosing Wisely and identified five potentially overused orthopaedic treatments patients should be aware of. Learn more here.

NIAMS Community Outreach

The information on the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Community Outreach website has been organized to make it easier for health care advocates to find the resources needed to educate patients and community members about bone, joint, muscle, and skin health. Whether you are a health care provider or community organizer, this website will connect you with free resources about bones, joints, muscles, and skin as you plan your outreach efforts and community events. Learn more here.


OrthoInfo is the patient education website of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The site provides patients and their families with convenient, online access to more than 500 easy-to-understand articles and videos on orthopaedic conditions and treatments, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and healthy living. Learn more here.

In addition to OrthoInfo, the AAOS offers printed resources like educational brochures in bulk and print public service announcements for patient reference to its members for free.


Total hip or knee replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of both bones in a damaged joint. This surgery creates new joint surfaces. WebMD enables patients and their families to review current information about hip or knee replacement prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.



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