Only limited correlations between patient-reported outcomes and objectively monitored physical activity 10-years after THA

Acta Orthop Belg. 2021 Dec;87(4):593-599. doi: 10.52628/87.4.03.


In orthopaedics, patient reported outcomes (PROMs) are designed to quantify changes in pain and to assess physical function, most often after joint arthroplasty. However, PROMs have some disadvantages, most important is their subjective nature. The aim was to investigate how patient-self-reported-outcomes of general health, disease-specific outcome and physical function, joint-awareness and self-perceived activity- levels are correlated with objectively-measured physical-activity (PA) parameters derived from wearable activity-monitors (AM) in subjects with a hip-arthroplasty. A prospective cohort study was conducted in a group of 32 patients, with a mean follow-up of 10 years after total hip arthroplasty. To assess different domains, the SF-36 (general health), HOOS-PS (pain/functional outcome), FJS-12 (joint awareness) and SQUASH (physical activity) were chosen. Activity-monitoring was performed using a 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. No significant correlations between PA-parameters and the FJS-12 and SQUASH were found. The HOOS- PS was significant correlated with BMI, the daily time walking and total-time active and the amount of daily steps. The physical functioning-subscale of the SF-36 was significant negative correlated with BMI and time sitting, but significant positive correlated with time walking, total-time active and the amount of daily steps. Considering the value of PA for maintaining general health, the value of using sensor-based AMs to assess efficacy of treatments in this health related dimension or use it as a tool for patient education, awareness and communication, seems very high.

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip*
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Walking