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Partners HealthCare 2017 Annual Report

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For patients who receive a total knee replacement, the road to recovery can be long, arduous, and costly. The orthopedic surgery team at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) had a theory: bundling best-practice rehabilitation approaches in a "fast-track" patient model could streamline – and even shorten – post- knee replacement rehabilitation care. If they were right, it meant that they could deliver the same functional gains for patients with less rehabilitation effort. To put this theory to the test, the BWH team joined with clinical and administra- tive staff from Partners Continuing Care to create a cross-section of physical thera- pists, nurses, case managers, liaisons, and An Integrated Approach to Faster Rehabilitation INTEGRATED CARE FORWARD STRIDES | 28

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