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Dose effect after knee- and hip endoprothesis

EDWin – Evaluation of dose-response relationships in exercise therapy after knee- and hip endoprosthesis

Due to the high prevalence of new arthrosis diseases and the steadily increasing number of operations for endoprosthetic joint implantations, questions regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of existing aftercare programs are increasingly coming into the focus of cost bearers and treating physicians or therapists. Despite the proven improvement in quality of life due to surgery, patients with hip and knee arthroplasty show long-term functional deficits. It remains to be seen to what extent these deficits can be influenced by existing after-treatment programs. The aim of the research project is therefore to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of specific exercise therapy programmes and interventions. In a first step, the corresponding working hypotheses and questions will be worked out on the basis of the current state of rehabilitation practice and the current scientific evidence on the effectiveness of exercise therapy after hip and knee replacement. Within the framework of the intervention study, dose-response relationships of exercise therapy programmes will be investigated and evaluated. The results of the study should form the basis for the development of guidelines and best practice recommendations for rehabilitation practice.

Period: 2009-2011
Project manager: Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeifer
Project staff: Dipl. Sportwiss. Simon Hendrich, Dr. Astrid Zech
Sponsor: Willy Robert Pitzer Foundation