Amsterdam UMC has received more than half a million from ZonMw to improve the care aimed at work participation for patients with a knee prosthesis.

Care aimed at work participation for patients with a knee prosthesis

Amsterdam UMC has received a more than half a million grant from funding agency ZonMw to improve the care aimed at work participation for patients with a knee prosthesis. This new care has the objective to improve return to work of this patient group. With the funding, researchers and clinicians of Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc (department of Public and Occupational Health) and Amsterdam UMC, location AMC (Coronel Institute for Occupational Health, and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery) will work together with six hospitals to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of this care program.

‘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 focusing on achieving patient-oriented goals and tailored advised that will be provided 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 fourty weeks for patients to return to work after this surgery. With the care that will be evaluated in this research, researchers of Amsterdam UMC expect to improve return to work of this patient group substantially.