Creating an Educational Brochure for Improving Patient Knowledge and Understanding of Platelet Rich Plasma as a Treatment for Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear
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Purpose and Objectives: The primary goal of this project was to develop an educational tool that highlights the benefits, risks, and procedure for treating partial thickness rotator cuff tear (PT-RCT) with platelet rich plasma (PRP). Background and Significance: Partial thickness rotator cuff tears are a common shoulder injury associated with a variable patient presentation. Platelet rich plasma is a novel intervention with poor public awareness that has the potential to promote healing of the tendon in addition to managing symptoms. Theoretical Framework: This Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project was supported by the Core Care Cure theory, a theoretical framework focused on a holistic approach to patient care. Methods and Design: Data and information specific to PRP and its treatment in PT-RCT were gathered through an extensive review of the literature and consultation with experts in the field of research and orthopedics. Results: An educational brochure was developed based on expert review and an extensive review of the literature. Conclusion: The patient education tool was designed to be applied in a clinical setting to educate patients on the use of PRP for the treatment of PT-RCT. Methods for evaluating the tools effectiveness were developed that could be applied to a future study. Future Implications and Recommendations: The educational tool developed for this project can be confidently used as a representation of the evidence in the literature and of expert opinion to inform patients of PRP for the treatment of PT-RCT and the associated risks and benefits.