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  1. Klemetti, Seija
  2. Leino-Kilpi, Helena
  3. Charalambous, Andreas
  4. Copanitsanou, Panagiota
  5. Ingadottir, Brynja
  6. Istomina, Natalja
  7. Katajisto, Jouko
  8. Unosson, Mitra
  9. Zabalegui, Adelaida
  10. Valkeapaa, Kirsi


BACKGROUND: The prevalence of joint arthroplasties is increasing internationally, putting increased emphasis on patient education.


PURPOSE: This study describes information and control preferences of patients with joint arthroplasty in seven European countries, and explores their relationships with patients' received knowledge.


METHODS: The data (n = 1,446) were collected during 2009-2012 with the Krantz Health Opinion Survey and the Received Knowledge of Hospital Patient scale.


RESULTS: European patients with joint arthroplasty had low preferences. Older patients had less information preferences than younger patients (p = .0001). In control preferences there were significant relationships with age (p = .021), employment in healthcare/social services (p = .033), chronic illness (p = .002), and country (p = .0001). Received knowledge of the patients did not have any relationships with information preferences. Instead, higher control preferences were associated with less received knowledge.


CONCLUSION: The relationship between European joint arthroplasty patients' preferences and the knowledge they have received requires further research.