What is it about?

This study investigated the role of mental toughness in knee rehabilitation in older adults with osteoarthritis who underwent knee surgery. The researchers measured levels of mental toughness and rehabilitation outcomes in terms of pain and functionality at three different time points.

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Why is it important?

The study is important because it highlights the potential usefulness of mental toughness as a positive psychology-based tool for rehabilitation psychologists to contribute to health promotion efforts and reduce disability in older adults with osteoarthritis who undergo knee replacement surgery. The findings suggest that healthcare providers should consider a multidisciplinary approach to managing rehabilitation and collaborating with rehabilitation psychologists to develop ways to increase mental toughness levels before surgery.

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This page is a summary of: Mental toughness and osteoarthritis: Postsurgery improvement in knee pain/functionality in older adults., Rehabilitation Psychology, May 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/rep0000499.
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