Table 1

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

Orthopaedic surgeonsReferring physiciansp Value
High (%)Intermediate (%)Low (%)High (%)Intermediate (%)Low (%)
Rest pain86.
Pain with activity70.
Walking distance51.644.14.354.642.52.90.34
Need for cane/crutches34.840.424.830.
Difficulty climbing stairs22.964.612.636.356.96.8<0.001
Difficulty putting on shoes and socks21.758.<0.001
Range of motion on examination33.446.420.
Amount of joint space preserved on x ray28.641.230.223.742.633.70.18