Transportation inequity is a barrier to care that prevents the patient from attending appointments or receiving a timely evaluation. Post-operative orthopedic patients must participate in numerous surgical follow-ups and physical therapy appointments to ensure success. Patients who are unable to participate in these appointments are at risk for complications such as limited mobility, increased pain, wound infections, and decreased satisfaction. Providing transportation services, extending presence in rural areas, or alternatives to in-person appointments, such as telehealth rehabilitation, has proven to be successful in at-risk populations. Patients who participate in these alternatives are found to have higher rates of satisfaction, positive healthcare outcomes, and attendance at their appointments. Transportation interventions can benefit at-risk populations and decrease post-operative orthopedic complications. Decreasing transportation as a barrier to care will enhance patient care and patient outcomes in all specialties of medicine.
Roderick MO. Effect of Transportation Inequity on Postoperative Orthopedic Outcomes. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2023; 5(2).
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