Table 1

 Comparison of orthopaedic surgeons’ and referring physicians’ assessment determinants on whether a patient should undergo total hip replacement

Orthopaedic surgeonsReferring physiciansp Value
ImportanceImportance
High (%)Intermediate (%)Low (%)High (%)Intermediate (%)Low (%)
Rest pain86.111.92.087.211.21.60.66
Pain with activity70.127.03.068.827.73.50.67
Walking distance51.644.14.354.642.52.90.34
Need for cane/crutches34.840.424.830.250.219.60.91
Difficulty climbing stairs22.964.612.636.356.96.8<0.001
Difficulty putting on shoes and socks21.758.220.139.150.310.6<0.001
Range of motion on examination33.446.420.227.053.119.90.28
Amount of joint space preserved on x ray28.641.230.223.742.633.70.18