Understanding Tauranga Orthopaedic Research Surveys

Introduction to Tauranga Orthopaedic Research Surveys

Tauranga Orthopaedic Research surveys are crucial in monitoring your progress and enhancing the quality of orthopedic care. Using three internationally recognized and scientifically validated questionnaires, Tauranga Orthopaedic Research aims to track the effectiveness of surgeries and improve patient outcomes. Your participation in these surveys provides invaluable data that helps in refining surgical techniques and patient care.

The three questionnaires used by Tauranga Orthopaedic Research to monitor your progress before and after surgery are internationally recognised and scientifically validated as outcome measures.

Whilst the questionnaires might seem somewhat odd or not entirely applicable to your current situation, rest assured that there is a good reason for them being asked (we didn’t make up the questions!).

The Oxford Score: Measuring Your Progress

In detail, the Oxford questionnaire is an “operation-specific” outcome measure. This is designed to measure your progress before and after the surgery.

The WOMAC Score and VR-12 Survey

The WOMAC score is a “disease-specific” score.  This is to measure the effect of how the underlying condition limits your comfort and function before surgery and then hopefully how it has been improved after surgery.

The third questionnaire, the VR-12 survey, is a “whole of life” questionnaire. This measures your general wellbeing, in particular over the last four weeks and allows us to adjust for any other life events that might be impacting on the other two scores.

Tracking Joint Replacement Progress

The scores are used primarily to track your progress before and after surgery and to act as a “early warning system” if after an initially good result, the questionnaires indicate that for whatever reason, your joint replacement is not functioning as well as it used to.

Secondly, your scores are anonymously pooled with all patients undergoing joint replacement surgery in the Bay of Plenty region to help us learn more about how well we are doing currently with our surgery and how we may improve this going into the future.

How to Complete the Surveys

You can complete these surveys through various methods provided by the hospital, whether online, via paper forms, or during your follow-up appointments. Detailed instructions will be provided to ensure ease of completion.

Who to Contact for Assistance

If you need help with the surveys or have any questions, you can contact the TORSI survey team. [Provide contact details here]

Encouraging Participation: Your Voice Matters

Your feedback through these surveys is invaluable. It not only helps in monitoring your individual progress but also contributes to our collective understanding of surgical outcomes in the Bay of Plenty region. By participating, you play a key role in enhancing orthopedic care for everyone.

How long will it take to complete each survey?

Most surveys can be completed in about 10-15 minutes. They are designed to be thorough yet easy to fill out.

Are my responses confidential?

Absolutely. All your responses are treated with the utmost confidentiality and are used solely for medical research and improving patient care.

Can I see the results of these surveys?

While individual survey results are confidential, overall findings and insights gained from patient feedback may be shared publicly to highlight advancements in care.

Patient Survey Results