ASAP Study

  • Professor
    David Story

Project Details

Acceptability of Short-stay Arthroplasty – Patient views

A theory-informed qualitative study of patient perspectives and experiences of short-stay in hospital post arthroplasty

Study Objectives:

To explore the retrospective (i.e. experience-based) acceptability of a short-stay in hospital post arthroplasty from the perspective of patients, using a theory-informed approach.

Study design:

The ASAP study is a theory-informed qualitative interview study. The interview questions have been developed and structured based on the Theoretical Framework of Acceptability (TFA) (Sekhon, Cartwright and Francis 2017). Qualitative interview data will be analysed inductively and deductively using the Framework Method (Ritchie et al., 2014). Analysis will explore the acceptability of the short-stay intervention to patients and will report identified themes. The constructs of acceptability within the TFA will be used for the deductive analytical component.

Up to fifteen participants will be recruited and interviewed by distance modes (video or telephone call) to ensure COVID-safe practice and to allow the inclusion of regionally-based participants.

The study results will provide insight into the acceptability to patients of this relatively new short-stay care pathway post arthroplasty in Australia. Implementation success of a new care pathway depends in part on its perceived acceptability to the care recipients. The results may also inform efforts to enhance this care pathway for future patients.


Professor David Story
Professor Jill Francis
Ms Camille Paynter
Ms Cassie McDonald


Victorian Orthopaedic Group


This study is funded in part by Medibank Better Health Foundation who may use the results of this independent expert review to evaluate and improve current practice and offerings as appropriate.


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Research Group

Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

School Research Themes

Critical Care

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Department / Centre

Critical Care

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