Research Highlights Social Support Can Reduce Stress and Improve Healing During Joint Replacement Process

Alexandria, VA – (May 25, 2011) — Research performed by the Inova Joint Replacement Patient Care Operations Team was recently highlighted in May 2010 issue of Orthopedics Today.

This team, comprised of joint replacement clinical managers from Inova hospitals, spearheaded research to observe the connection between a strong social support system for joint replacement patients and those who do not have a social system.

Based on nearly 1700 observations at Inova hospitals, the study determined that there is a direct connection between social relationships and patient preparation, decreased anxiety, stress reduction and healing.

This research may help other hospitals encourage a patient’s loved ones to participate in the pre and post surgery process or develop options to increase social outreach during the joint replacement process.

For more information about this study visit inova.org/hipsandknees.