To provide a Musculo-skeletal assessment of the patients who are referred for Hip or Knee Joint surgery which will inform the Surgeon seeing the patient at their clinic appointment and enable appropriate selection of patients for surgery. It will help to prioritise patients who score similar subjective scores but who may have very different functional scores. It will assist us to provide a fairer system by having an independent person performing the assessment. The assessment will also provide alternative options for some patients such as Physiotherapy classes and potentially allow some of these patients to return to Primary care without having a Surgical treatment.
The BOPDHB has a threshold level which allows equity of access to patients ensuring those with the greatest need will be the ones who are offered Surgical treatment.
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