ZonMw grant awarded: Care aimed at work participation for patients with a knee prosthesis

More than half a million euro grant to improve the care aimed at work participation for patients with a knee prosthesis. ZonMw has awarded this grant to researchers and clinicians of Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc (Department of Public and Occupational Health) and Amsterdam UMC, location AMC (Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Together they will work with six hospitals to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of this care program. This new care has the objective to improve return to work of this patient group.

‘We are thrilled with this research grant’, says project leader dr. Pieter Coenen. ‘We expect that our program will improve the quality of life of people undergoing knee replacement surgery, while it will reduce the societal costs of healthcare and work productivity loss.’ The care program consists of active referral of the orthopaedic surgeon to a specialised (para)medic case manager, a rehabilitation program  to achieve goals of the patient and tailored advise through a mobile app. This program will be evaluated in a large research study with patients from six hospitals in the Netherlands.

It is estimated that by the year 2030 there will be 57,900 people undergoing knee replacement surgery in The Netherlands. This reduces patients’ participation, as it takes an average of forty weeks for patients to return to work after this surgery. With the care that will be evaluated in this research, researchers of Amsterdam UMC including Amsterdam Movement Sciences expect to improve return to work of this patient group substantially.