Physiotherapist Coaching Helps Seniors in Rural Communities after Joint Replacement

Coaching for Older Adults (with OA) for Community Health (COACH study)



Appropriate physical activity is important to relieve pain and improve function after hip or knee replacement surgery. Older adults living in rural communities, however, may have limited access to rehabilitation services to support their progress in becoming active. This project aims to track and assess the effectiveness of physiotherapist-led coaching delivered by distance to rural patients recovering from joint replacement.


Lead: Allyson Jones, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta in collaboration with Covenant Health’s Camrose Musculoskeletal Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital, Trochu.


One hundred senior joint replacement patients in rural Alberta will connect with a physiotherapist by phone or email. Patients will wear an activity monitor and work with the physiotherapist to monitor activity, set goals and plan actions.

Emerging Impact

Feedback from participants, family members and health care providers will be used to determine whether connecting by distance with physiotherapist support is effective for rural Albertans. A toolkit will be developed to further help seniors become active after joint replacement.