What is it about?

We tested in our research if the Back At work After Surgery (BAAS) care pathway is feasible to implement as daily care. We also inventoried possible improvements voor the BAAS care pathway, to ensure optimal quality. We found that BAAS is feasible to impelement in daily practice, and found numerous improvements to enhance the quality of BAAS. Next step is to test the BAAS care pathway on effectiveness

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Why is it important?

The number of patients suffering from osteoarthritis are rising quickly, and therefore the number of patients who are getting a knee replacement ass well, especially patiënt of working age. Return to work is a unfavourable outcome after surgery. To optimise return to work after surgery we developed BAAS: the first care pathway to combine medical and occupational care after surgery.


This recent work showed that the world's first care pathway to combine medical and occupational care called Back At work After Surgery (BAAS) is feasible for implementation. We found several important improvements voor the BAAS care pathway to optimise quality. We now need to investigate the effectiveness of BAAS.

M.Sc. Daniël O. Strijbos
Amsterdam UMC

We are glad that this first work-directed care pathway for knee arthroplastry patients seems feasible. We have learned from our 'to-do's'. Now we are evaluating the (cost)effectiveness in two Dutch hospitals on the primary outcome time to return to work. Of course we will share these upcoming results in about two years.

P. Paul F.M. Kuijer

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This page is a summary of: Implementation of back at work after surgery (BAAS): A feasibility study of an integrated pathway for improved return to work after knee arthroplasty, Musculoskeletal Care, May 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/msc.1633.
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